Peo­ple avoid vil­lage as roads are so busy


Bangor Mail - - NEWS - Gareth Wyn Wil­liams

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

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