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Wednesday, July 19, 2023

Council teams with police to control Llangollen summer parking

Council and police officers are working together to manage parking at Llangollen’s Horseshoe falls and the surrounding area this summer season. 

Denbighshire County Council and North Wales Police are urging visitors to the hotspot to park responsibly this summer and consider planning ahead to visit other attractions that are available across the Dee Valley if the area is busy. 

The council has made a number of preparations already to manage an increase in visitors. 

Extra countryside rangers are in place to manage the area and provide support and information for visitors. 

Civil enforcement officers are also monitoring the site and surrounding area, especially at predicated peak busy time. 

Work has also been carried out to add fencing to the car park entrance. The new fencing is similar to what is already found on the surrounding estate and is designed to stop parking on the grass verges which can obstruct other traffic. 

Awareness signs advising drivers to park responsibly will also be placed on the site. 

Visitors coming into the area on a Saturday can now use the Dee Valley Picturesque Bus which provides a circular route running every Saturday until November 4 2023, linking Llangollen and the surrounding villages to Horseshoe Falls and popular local attractions including Pontcysyllte Aqueduct, Wenffrwd Nature Reserve, Valle Crucis Abbey, Plas Newydd Historic House and the Horseshoe Pass. 

The service will enable visitors and residents to visit and explore these locations without the need of having to constantly find car parking spaces at the sites. 

Stops include Llangollen Pavilion where there is ample parking to leave vehicles for the day. 

Councillor Win Mullen James, Denbighshire Cabinet Lead Member for Local Development and Planning, said: “We want people to enjoy the great attractions Llangollen and the surrounding areas have to offer but would remind them that parking restrictions are important for both road safety and ensuring there is a fair turnover of parking spaces. Anyone not complying with parking restrictions risk receiving a Penalty Charge Notice from civil enforcement officers.

“Our rangers are working every weekend at Horseshoe Falls to provide advice and guidance to visitors coming to the site and I would ask that the public also respect the role they are there to carry out. 

“Please plan your day in advance, use facilities such as the Dee Valley bus to travel on which will save parking spaces and make sure you have other options planned for visiting and parking if you cannot stop at your first choice of venue as the area has plenty of attractions to visit. 

“The Dee Valley also has a rich area of attractions to visit, from Llangollen right up to Corwen. I would urge visitors to plan ahead and consider all options so if the falls are busy you will not be disappointed on your day out.” 

District police Inspector Laura Salisbury-Jones said: “We will continue to work closely with Denbighshire County Council, and any danger caused by vehicles will be dealt with robustly.”

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