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Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Skates backs traffic easing survey

An Assembly Member is backing a volunteer-run project which aims to ease traffic in Llangollen – and says the public can help too.

Ken Skates, the Labour AM for Clwyd South, was contacted by Sal Jefford from town improvement movement Cittaslow Llangollen and asked to support its crowd-funding campaign to raise £1,000 for a specialist survey.

Mr Skates, who is based in the town, said: “Cittaslow is aiming to commission an independent and unbiased traffic management survey to assess the problems we face in Llangollen and to explore options.

“A full feasibility study would cost more than £10,000, but renowned urban designer Ben Hamilton-Baillie has offered to do a one-day survey followed by a public meeting to discuss how to handle traffic in the town centre.

“To pay Ben, and set up a meeting in the town hall, Cittaslow needs to raise £1,000 – but they only have until lunchtime on March 3.”

Ben’s company Hamilton-Baillie Associates specialises in traffic management projects and designed a ground-breaking scheme in Poynton, Cheshire.

Cittaslow wants to reduce the dominance of vehicles and create a safer environment in the town, largely in response to local opinion.

Sal said: “We are asking the community to get behind this and support us via a crowd-funding project. We have already raised 20% of the funds, but we need to raise awareness and encourage the community to get involved and pledge what they can afford.”

Mr Skates added: “It would be fantastic to see residents pull together and show their support for a project which aims to create a safer community for both residents and visitors.

“Anyone who knows Llangollen knows there are traffic issues here, so I hope we can now get the ball rolling on finding a solution.”

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