Posted: Mon 1st Feb 2021

Calls for A494 lay-by closures near Loggerheads and Moel Famau to stop people from going walking and sledging

News and Info from Deeside, Flintshire, North Wales
This article is old - Published: Monday, Feb 1st, 2021


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Calls have been made for a number lay bys on the A494 just over the border in Denbighshire to be temporarily closed to stop visitors flocking to the area.

Concerns have been raised that people are parking in the lay-bys to access nearby fields near Loggerheads and Moel Famau to go walking and sledding during the current lockdown.

It comes despite Welsh Government Covid rules stating that people should not travel for exercise.

Police in North Wales fined an unknown number of sledders over the weekend after they came to the region from England.

Clwyd West MS Darren Millar and Denbighshire county councillors Martyn Holland and Huw Williams are calling for the lay-bys to be closed off to discourage people from travelling.

Mr Millar said: “In between Christmas and New Year, Denbighshire Council rightly took the decision to close the car parks at Loggerheads and Moel Famau following reports of large numbers gathering there over the festive break.

“Whilst such action has had the desired effect, unfortunately people have now taken to parking along the A494 and in lay-bys along this stretch to access nearby fields for walks and sledging.

“North Wales Police are patrolling the area, but even this does not seem to be deterring people and I think the only way to put an end to it is to temporarily close off the lay-bys.”

Cllr Holland, who represents Llanarmon-yn-Iâl and Llandegla, said: “I would particularly like to see the Plymog layby in my constituency temporarily closed off to discourage people from coming here.

“As a county councillor, I always dread it when it snows as people flock here to sledge.

“But given all the terrible news on the television in recent weeks regarding the pandemic, I’ve been shocked that people are still travelling here.

“The Welsh Government rules clearly state that you should not be travelling for exercise.

“My constituents are very concerned that they are being put at risk and I’m therefore calling for these lay-bys to be temporarily closed to prevent people coming here during lockdown.”

Cllr Williams added: “Something needs to be done about it and soon.”

 

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