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NORTH WALES AUTHORITIES OPTIMISTIC OVER EURO GRANT BID

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Flintshire and Denbighshire CCs and Wrexham CBC sent representatives to Brussels yesterday for talks with European ...
Flintshire and Denbighshire CCs and Wrexham CBC sent representatives to Brussels yesterday for talks with European Union officials about grant aid.

The Daily Post (p10) reports that the delegation is optimistic about getting cash from Europe to help boost the economy in the wake of the Point of Ayr pit closure.

The councils are trying to get cash under the RECHAR programme, designed to help areas hit by coal closures.

Flintshire CC leader Tom Middlehurst told the paper: 'Following the Bersham pit closure in 1985 the job loss figure was marginally below the RECHAR threshold of 1,000.

'The recent job losses at Point of Ayr puts the figure well over that threshold and we hope we can now qualify for RECHAR monies which are imperative in our efforts to regenerate the area.'
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