End our pave­ment park­ing night­mare

Caernarfon Herald - - NEWS -

LO­CALS are be­ing forced off pave­ments to walk in the mid­dle of the road in Llan­beris be­cause of peo­ple park­ing on pave­ments on both sides of the road.

Fed up Stryd Fawr res­i­dents have now called on politi­cians to put pres­sure on Gwynedd Coun­cil to tackle the wors­en­ing prob­lem – be­fore some­body is knocked down or killed.

The vil­lage in the foothills of Snow­don is one of Wales’ best-known tourist des­ti­na­tions for its moun­tains and pop­u­lar run­ning races and marathons.

While wel­com­ing the eco­nomic ben­e­fits from tourism, lo­cals are now an­gry with some visi­tors park­ing any­where they want.

Mums with bug­gies, chil­dren and the elderly have been forced to walk in the mid­dle of the road in the face of traf­fic.

Lo­cal woman Avril Pritchard, who lives on the road, said: “Mums have to walk in the mid­dle of the road be­cause of cars and vans parked on the pave­ment on ei­ther side of the road. There are no re­stric­tions to stop them.”

Her hus­band Llew said: “One 85-year-old lady who uses two sticks, and mums with bug­gies, have no other choice but to walk on the road. The prob­lem has got worse over the last two years.”

Newly elected in­de­pen­dent coun­cil­lor Kevin Jones and Plaid Cymru Ar­fon MP Hy­wel Wil­liams yes­ter­day joined com­mu­nity coun­cil­lor Ol­wen Gwilym and other lo­cal res­i­dents in urg­ing Gwynedd to sort it out.

Cllr Jones said: “A lot of the peo­ple park­ing here work in the shops.

“Hav­ing dou­ble-yel­low lines would be one idea and res­i­dents only park­ing be­hind the houses.

“The peo­ple of Llan­beris are now start­ing to voice their dis­ap­proval of visi­tors’ park­ing habits.”

He said that the sit­u­a­tion was ex­ac­er­bated when res­i­dents put out their bins on the pave­ment.

Cllr Jones added that a one-way yy sys­tem could be one so­lu­tion.

Cllr Gwilym said a one-way sys­tem had been op­posed by busi­nesses in a pre­vi­ous con­sul­ta­tion.

Her hus­band Keith Chad­wick said: “Chil­dren have to walk on the road be­cause of the dou­ble park­ing.”

Lo­cal res­i­dent Christine Thomas said: “It’s a re­ally dan­ger­ous stretch of road and an ac­ci­dent will hap­pen.”

Mr Wil­liams said: “Apart from lo­cal res­i­dents need­ing ac­cess; am­bu­lances and fire en­gines also need to be able to pass. I have had to re­verse my car many times here to al­low buses to pass.

“The pave­ments are also in a bad state of re­pair. What is needed here is dis­cus­sions about form­ing a com­pre­hen­sive park­ing and traf­fic plan to in­clude en­cour­ag­ing peo­ple and chil­dren to walk to school.”

Jack Rat­ten­bury, man­ager of V12 climb­ing shop, said: “It’s worse dur­ing hol­i­day times.”

Gwynedd Coun­cil have been ap­proached to com­ment by our sis­ter paper the Daily Post.

● Hy­wel Wil­liams MP (left, cen­tre) meets lo­cals Llew and Avril Pritchard, Cllr Ol­wen Gwilym, Keith Chad­wick and Cllr Kevin Jones to dis­cuss the park­ing prob­lems (above)

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