* The county council's plan for changes to be made in the town centre.
Local county councillor Graham Timms has given more details about the Active Travel plans approved yesterday by Denbighshire to allow social distancing in Llangollen town centre.
The council had successfully bid for Welsh Government funds to introduce local sustainable transport measures in response to covid-19.
The funding will be used to promote walking and cycling, to facilitate social distancing measures, to encourage businesses to expand their offer outside their premises and to support residents and visitors to feel safe in four of the county's town centres.
Following consultation, the proposals for Llangollen have now been given the go-ahead, as revealed yesterday evening by llanblogger.
Giving further details of what will happen, Cllr Timms said this will mean:
The creation of more space for social distancing by widening
the pavements along Castle Street and on Abbey Road at the junction with Castle
Street by the removal of parking and the use of ‘lane defenders’ to create safe
areas for pedestrians and cyclists.
* Creating a ‘one-way’ street on the first section
of Market Street as it leaves Market Street. The one-way section would only allow
traffic to enter Market Street from Castle Street.Vehicles wishing to enter
Castle Street from Market Street will follow the route via East Street and Parade
This, said Cllr Timms, change will relieve congestion on Castle Street and the ‘one way’
section of Market Street will also allow the creation of a loading bay to serve
nearby businesses on Castle Street.
The closure of the link road between Hall Street
and Berwyn Street (A5)
Reversing the direction of flow of vehicles on
Support cafes, pubs and restaurants to introduce
outside seating will make the town centre more welcoming
The changes will be made by a
temporary traffic order for up to 18 months and the effect of the changes will
be closely monitored by the council as they are introduced.
Cllr Timms said: "The results of the formal consultation showed huge support
for the introduction of these measures.
"It has been clear to residents over the
last few weeks that social distancing in the town has been almost impossible to
"The narrow pavements and the huge increase in the number of visitors
since the lockdown ended has created a very difficult situation. Many residents
have avoided the town centre because they do not feel safe on crowded streets
in the middle of the day.
“Both Cllr Melvyn Mile and I were
strongly in favour of the introduction of these measures. We believe that they
are essential to enable residents and visitors to feel safe in the town centre.
“It is encouraging to see that
visitors are keen to return to Llangollen, But it is also vital that we do
everything we can to make the town as safe as possible for everyone; residents
and visitors alike.
“Denbighshire’s formal consultation
through the County Conversation website gave a huge ‘thumbs-up’ for the
proposals with nearly 83% of those that responded‘strongly agreeing’ and a
further 12% ‘somewhat agreeing’ with the proposals. Only 5% of the replies were
He added: “Over the last few weeks queueing
outside small shops has been a problem, leaving no space for those walking down
the street to keep their distance. It
will be much easier to maintain social distancing in the town when wider
pavements are created.
“The reversal of the one-way traffic
flow on Church Street should result in a significant change in the number of
vehicles using this route as a 'short cut', particularly at the times just
before and just after the school day. This will lead to a much safer route to
school for children and their parents who walk and cycle to and from school
along this very narrow road.
“The closure of the road between
Berwyn Street and Hall Street that passes between Stan’s garage and the
M’eating Place will help to make this area safer for pedestrians, cyclists and
“Some businesses expressed their
concerns over the loss of ‘pop and shop’ parking and the lack of loading bays
by signing a ‘template’ letter which was sent to the council separately. I
believe that it is important to address these important concerns.
bay’ issue has been addressed by providing a bay on the Market Street and
Castle Street junction. On the provision of short stay parking, Mel Mile and I
have been pressing the council to give free parking in all car parks for 30
minutes to allow ‘pop and shop’ visits for those on the outskirts of the town.
"The county responded with two hours free parking in East Street Car Park. Other
towns in Denbighshire will also get a similar concessions.
"We don’t think that
this meets the needs of Llangollen and so we will continue to press the case
for a ‘free half-hour’ in all our car parks to encourage local shopping in the
“It is vitally important that local
residents and businesses pull together to create a town centre that is vibrant
and safe for everyone in these very difficult times."