Vale of Clwyd politicians campaign for more signage to encourage visitors to historic towns

Published date: 28 April 2014 |
Published by: Suzanne Jordan 
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VALE of Clwyd politicians are continuing to lobby for tourist signage to help encourage visitors to historic towns.

Chris Ruane and Ann Jones, MP and AM for the Vale of Clwyd, have stressed the need for signs on the A55 to prompt drivers to visit attractions in Rhuddlan and St Asaph.

A few years ago, a project was put together and an application for funding was submitted by Denbighshire County Council for the placement of trunk road signs.

This was unsuccessful, but now Mr Ruane and Mrs Jones believe that an “ideal opportunity” has arisen to revisit the scheme as changes have been made to the criteria governing the placement of brown signs.

“Hundreds of thousands of people travel along the A55 as tourists each year and it is baffling that there are no signs to point out that there are two 13th century castles within six miles or so,” said Mr Ruane.

“That’s not to mention all the other historic attractions in Rhuddlan, St Asaph, Denbigh and just outside the Vale of Clwyd constituency.

“There is an opportunity to create a Vale of Clwyd Heritage Trail, which could bring in thousands more visitors to these towns adding a huge boost to the local economy and
I hope that this scheme is looked at once again.”

Mrs Jones has written to the Welsh Government’s Department for Economy, Science and Transport to clarify how changes in the criteria can benefit the historic towns.

She said: “Although it might seem like a small step, those signs could bring huge benefits to the small towns.

“There are thousands of people who are just passing by as they travel on towards Snowdonia who could be spending time and money in the Vale of Clwyd.

“They need to be told that these historic monuments are all within 20 minutes drive or so of the A55 and I will be doing all I can to ensure these signs are put in place.”

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