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Safety campaigners bid farewell to bollards in Rhyl

Published date: 16 April 2014 |
Published by: Matt Jones 
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A LONG-running battle to improve safety on a busy Rhyl road has ended in victory.

Bollards which were put in place near shops on Trellewelyn Road are now set to be removed.

Campaigners had always said the extra bollards would make the road narrower and more dangerous and now council chiefs at Denbighshire Council have agreed to remove them.

Cllr Brian Blakeley said the bollards had caused “chaos” and “mayhem” since they were introduced.

He said: “After a long hard fight Denbighshire Council has seen sense and listened to local residents and we the councillors, and are about to put in a sensible parking scheme in front of our shops on Trellewelyn Road.

“There is no need for the bollards. They were put up despite much campaigning against them.”

A 600 strong petition had been compiled against the original plans and in February 2012, an accident involving a 10-year-old boy stirred up fresh anger among traders and community leaders

Under the proposals to remove the bollards, a 20mph limit will be introduced, a traffic island will be removed and the bus stop will be moved towards Pen y Maes Avenue.

Cllr Blakeley, vice chair of Denbighshire Council, said: “Things can only get better. The
road will be made much safer for local people, this is a better solution.

“The bollards should never have been put up in the first place.”

Cllr Blakeley thanked fellow councillors Win Mullen-James and Bill Tasker as well as all others who had helped with the campaign.

Residents and traders will now be asked to consult on the plans before they are given final approval, and if successful work could start within a month.

A spokesman from Denbighshire Council said: “The local county councillors discussed with us the concerns raised by the local residents and shop owners.

“After listening to these concerns, we have developed an alternative proposal which will still improve safety for pedestrians crossing Trellewelyn Road whilst also maintaining suitable parking provision for the shops.”

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