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Friday, February 6, 2015

Health centre traffic measures revealed

* A plan of the proposed traffic measures at the new health centre.

THE local health board is to pay out almost £70,000 for measures to make it safer for pedestrians to use Llangollen’s new health centre.

There has been some concern in the town that accessing the new facility, currently being built on the old River site at Mill Lane (A539), will be dangerous for those on foot, given heavy traffic and narrow pavements.

With this in mind, town resident Mike Edwards put in a Freedom of Information request to the Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board (BCUHB), which is building the new centre, back in April last year asking what traffic measures were planned and the estimated cost.

In its reply, the health board says measures include:

  • Enhanced bus stop positions will be provided.
  • Improvements to the pedestrian route adjacent to the new Health Centre.
  • Inclusion of dropped kerbs and tactile paving to improve accessibility.
  • Provision of dedicated disabled parking at the Health Centre.
The board’s response adds: “The final costs have yet to be determined but a budget of £69,000 has been established as follows:
"Footpath and associated works £35,000, street lighting £8,500, other highway works – two bust stops, 30mph zone gateway relocation, tactile paving, signage £25,000.

“These costs are being met by the Health Board, with funding supplied by Welsh Government following the approval of the capital business case.”

Mr Edwards said: “When I made the original enquiry last year, I was advised by BCUHB that the public would be consulted about these highway proposals.
“However, it would seem that they have finalised the scheme without public consultation.”

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