As an online petition began to circulate criticising some of the moves, Llangollen's two county councillors have given their reaction to changes recently made to the town's traffic system aimed at making it for easier social distancing during the pandemic.
These changes include widening pavements in Castle Street - removing its on-street parking bays - and on Abbey Road, reversing the one-way traffic flow in Church Street and making Market Street partially one-way.
The petition, run through Change.org and intended to be sent to Denbighshire County Council, was started on Thursday by Jenni Lloyd who runs Jenni's shop in Market.
At 12.30pm today (Friday) the petition had attracted 85 of its 100 target signatures.
In the preface she says: "Having the loading bay placed outside my shop in Market Street, it seems clear that a lot of the local community are not happy with some of the recent changes in Llangollen.
"Have your say, let them sit up and take notice of us, not lie or ignore us as they are at present."
She says: "The lorries are 5ft from my window and it's fairly constant as the bay is servicing the whole of Castle Street.
"It is also to service the Town Hall so when they are putting up scenery or dismantling it for the shows its one heck of a trek.
"None of us where contacted by the council at any point."
In a joint statement the two Llangollen county councillors, Graham Timms and Melvyn Mile, said today: "In answer to the furore that’s setting Llangollen Noticeboard on fire, we are still in the grip of the Covid -19 pandemic, these measures have been put in place to make Llangollen safer, for both its residents and its visitors.
"Many of our older residents were in fear of their lives
during the national lockdown. They chose to remain at home even when it was
lifted, rather than venture onto Castle St and face the crowds of visitors. A
petition in support of the changes to Castle St was signed by over 140 people
and sent to DCC on 6th August.
"At the moment, due to the lockdown in England, our streets
are empty and these measures appear not to be needed. That can change come
Cllr Timms and Cllr Mile said they had met with county officers on Thursday to discuss a number of issues regarding the introduction of the Covid changes in Llangollen.
Here they take the issues raised point by point:
"Will the temporary signs stay by the Hand Hotel?
"There are still a few vehicles that have been travelling
down Church Street in the wrong direction, having not noticed the reversing of
the traffic direction even with the extra signage. It is a genuine safety
concern and needs to be aggressively signposted during the first few days and
weeks of the scheme. The extra signage by the Hand Hotel is temporary and will
eventually be removed.
"Will all signs be bilingual?
"By the end of next week, all signage in the town will be
bilingual, as required by the Welsh Language Act. The carriageway signs on
Bridge Street pose a problem because if they were bilingual the writing would
have to start a few more metres before the junction. As a result, we have
agreed that the white arrow indicating the right turn will stay, but the text
will be removed. This change will also help to reduce the visual impact on
the conservation area.
"Is Church Street still "Access only"?
"Yes. Signs indicating this will be added to the current
signage next week. It has been delayed because of temporary scaffolding on the
Sun Inn on one side of the road. On the opposite side, the pole is not long
enough to display the additional sign. A longer pole will be in place by the
end of next week.
"What about the loading bay on Market Street?
"We are continuing our discussions next week with the Denbighshire Road Safety team about
the position of this bay to see if there is a better solution that can be
reached for all."
The councillors added: "Please get in touch with us if you have comments or suggestions about the changes. We listen and pass on your views on to the council on your behalf. Email us at the addresses below.
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