ANGRY residents campaigning against a new railway bridge that they fear will “compromise their safety” have accused developers of leaving them in the dark.
Householders in Glan y Gors, Prestatyn, said they were told of Network Rail’s plans to build a footbridge, spanning about a 100 feet in length, only two weeks ago.
They claim that the “humongous” bridge will ruin their privacy and result in anti-social behaviour.
Paul Salisbury, 34, who has two children and lives about 15 metres from the proposed work, said: “We were unaware of this until Network Rail started drilling to test the ground.
“They want to close the existing Sandy Lane crossing and build a humongous bridge. There is the possibility of anti-social behaviour, privacy issues, lights shining into our houses and a rise in traffic - the list is endless.
“We are worried about teenagers getting drunk and smoking weed; the build gives them incentive.”
A public meeting was held last Thursday to discuss plans, but resident Joanne Wells claims that concerns “fell on deaf ears”.
Mr Sailsbury, who works as a gardener for the council, said that the right people had not been informed.
He explained: “Invites were selective. Ann Jones brought us time but proposals seem up in the air.”
AM Ann Jones, said: “It is clear that more work needs to be done on all options that could make the crossing safer. I will be working with Network Rail and residents to ensure that we get the right solution.”
MP Chris Ruane added: “I know these proposals are of concern to many people in Prestatyn and I would urge them to attend the meetings arranged by Ann Jones.”
A Network Rail spokesperson said: “The bridge will significantly remove the risk of misuse that we have been experiencing at Sandy Lane crossing, where there has been five near misses reported to-date. However, closing level crossings is not always an easy process and we understand the impact it could have on the community.
“We will continue to work with the council and engage with residents to better understand their specific concerns. We have started work to survey the site and we plan to carry out construction work next year.”