People avoid village as roads are so busy
LONG-TERM FIX IS NEEDED FOR BUMPER TO BUMPER TRAFFIC
CALLS have been made for agencies to come together and sort out traffic woes in one of Anglesey’s most popular tourist spots.
Residents and traders in Newborough have expressed their frustration at the level of traffic which is clogging up the village in all directions during the peak holiday season as visitors make their way to the beautiful beaches.
According to county councillor, Ann Griffith, the problem is considerably worse during school holidays and weekends, with huge numbers passing through on their way to Llanddwyn.
She added that over the past weekend, the car park at Llanddwyn was completely full by lunch, intensifying the long-running problem for local traders, with ‘bumper to bumper’ traffic reported.
In her opinion, temporary traffic lights may be a temporary solution until a long-term fix is secured.
“Residents are complaining that its taking up to 30 mins to go from one part of the village to the other, and they are fed up,” said Cllr Griffith.
She has now called upon the local authority’s highways department to assess the situation and for Natural Resources Wales, who are largely responsible for Llanddwyn, to be invited to the discussions in order to find ways of mitigating the problem.
She went on to say: “Its wonderful that Anglesey and Bro Aberffraw in particular is so popular amongst tourists, but the infrastructure is not designed to cope with such visitor numbers.
“With more and more families avoiding foreign travel and holidaying in Wales this is going to become more of an issue.”
She added her concerns that if the authority’s plans to develop housing on the main village car park is followed through, the situation will worsen for both residents and businesses.
One local business owner said: “When the village its packed its a real struggle and its usually bumper to bumper.
“What worries me is that if someone fell ill or there was an accident, is that the emergency services would struggle to get through.
“Some customers have told me its taken them up to 30 minutes just to pass from one side of the village to another, its unacceptable.
“The problem is though, once you’re on the road, you can’t turn around.
“Sadly, it does affect trade in the village because people know the traffic will be bad, so they avoid the area.
“The last Bank Holiday Monday was horrendous here, I’ve never seen it so bad but the issue is getting worse rather than improving.”
In response, a spokesperson for Anglesey Council said: “We are aware of the current situation in Newborough and are working with Councillor Ann Griffith to look into the matter further.”
The busy junction to the beach at Newborough. Inset below, Cllr Ann Griffith (second left) with residents of Newborough, who want better traffic management in the village