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Saturday, January 7, 2023

Your views sought on Llan's Four Great Highways scheme

* Please note: Because of a problem with the email link to join the online consultation meeting a fresh link has been provided within the story below and here:

* A plan of the Four Great Highways project.

The views of Llangollen residents and businesses are being invited on a scheme to improve links between the four famous ‘highways’ that run through the heart of the town.

And a local county councillor is urging as many people as possible to get involved.

Following a successful application to the UK Government’s Levelling Up Fund (LUF) Denbighshire County Council wants to enhance the public spaces that connect Llangollen Canal, the old Ruabon to Barmouth Railway line, the River Dee and A5 Holyhead Road. 

Some key priorities of the Four Great Highways project, as it is known, are improved accessibility, signage and better materials with the aim of improving the visitor experience and increasing the amount of time they spend here. 

Proposals include:

* Better access between the Llangollen Canal, River Dee and town centre

* Inclusive and safe access for a range of users

* Opportunities to incorporate play and exercise

* Strengthened biodiversity and climate resistance

* Enhanced views and rest points

As part of the consultation process three separate online engagement sessions are planned for next week when the contracted designers, Burroughs & The Urbanists, will invite residents, businesses and visitors of Llangollen to discuss the project.

The county council says views and comments shared during the event will inform the design now being worked on. 

The meetings, being held via Microsoft Teams, are all on Thursday January 12 - for Llangollen businesses between 6 and 6.30pm, for residents between 6.30 and 7pm and for everyone else between 7 and 7.30pm.

* To arrange to attend one of the sessions, or for further information, e-mail:

Llangollen county councillor Karen Edwards said: “This is part of the South Clwyd Levelling Up Fund project. Wrexham are the leading authority and the Four Great Highways project is Llangollen's share of the pot. 

“County Councillor Paul Keddie and myself are due to have a Teams meeting next week with the designers, so we will have a  comprehensive discussion with them.” 

She added: “This is the start of the wider consultation process, so let's hope that the residents and businesses are interested because it's their voices that matter and certainly from my perspective it's important that there's thorough engagement with everyone who has a vested interest and that they  have an opportunity to input into the scheme in order to have an acceptable outcome.” 

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