SALTNEY Ferry has been given a major spring clean thanks to help from the community.

Residents, Flintshire County Council staff and North Wales Police joined forces for two days to tidy the areas in and around Ewart Street, North Street and Flint Road, as part of the town’s pathfinder initiative.

The big clean-up had been funded by a £6,500 Welsh Assembly Government Tidy Towns grant, which was secured by the county authority’s regeneration team on behalf of the Saltney Ferry Tenants and Residents Association.

Saltney’s Morrisons superstore gave £100 toward cleaning products. One hundred bags of cleaning products were provided free to residents who demonstrated they had helped clean the area.

During the clean-up, the streets were cleaned, pavements were jet washed, pot holes were filled, graffiti was scrubbed away and large skips were provided, as were new rubbish bins.

The group then set about painting 68 yard gates, installing a new park bench and new bollards, and planting new trees and bulbs.

Saltney Ferry resident Mavis Croft, who took part, said: “There was 100% improvement from when I walked into the village at 9.30 am to when the day was ending.”

Saltney resident Cherry Evans said: “The day was a great success, residents and partners worked well together.”

Neighbourhood housing manager Hannah Fargher, who leads the Pathfinder project in Saltney, said: “This event has demonstrated how, by bringing service providers, local residents and businesses together we can achieve so much more for our communities.”