Reckless night racers in New Brighton will kill

Published date: 13 January 2014 |
Published by: Robert Doman 
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PEOPLE believe tragedy will strike as “reckless” drivers continue to plague a country road.

Community councillor Paul Jones (pictured above) says lanes are being used as a race track and that fatalities are “inevitable”.

He believes “totally irresponsible” youngsters have also been driving through the lanes between New Brighton and Sychdyn after dark without headlights in dare-driven 'time trials'.

Homeowners say speeds reached by cars along the roads are 'ridiculous', experiencing near-misses on a regular basis.

New Brighton resident Kevin Walker said: "People do razz through these lanes and they do drive recklessly.

"It can be a bit manic and they make it dangerous to pull out onto the road."

Cllr Jones, who sits on the Argoed Community Council, wants to see traffic calming measures introduced before someone is killed.

"The lanes aren't a safe environment to be on when cars are speeding past, a fatality is inevitable if nothing is done.

"In the past there have been issues with youngsters daring each other to do time trials with no lights and I believe it is still going on.

"I want to work with Flintshire Council and North Wales Police to improve safety.

"There are no paths for walkers on the lanes and there have been a number of near misses - the consequences are unthinkable."

Cllr Jones also wants to see a pelican crossing introduced on the road leading into Mold through New Brighton to increase safety for children making their way to school and for people walking to the Beaufort Park Hotel.

He says drivers are going through red lights and added: "There have been issues there for a long time and drivers also speed along that road too which is very dangerous for anyone trying to cross - someone could be killed.”

Merle Hamilton, a who lives on the New Brighton-Sychdyn route said: "Speeds can be ridiculous.

"It is a wonder there hasn't been a big accident already.

"I live on a long stretch of straight road which is popular with horseriders and there have been efforts to get speed bumps before but nothing has happened.

"I have had near misses myself and HGVs often use the lanes making it even more dangerous for anyone speeding in the other direction."

Another resident added: "Cars do skim past you when you are out walking.

"They do go too fast and it is dangerous."

Council chairman Roy Marsh confirmed the matter is set to be discussed at Argoed council's February meeting.

He added: "Road safety is an ongoing concern and something we take very seriously."

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  1. Posted by: Common sense at 22:54 on 13 January 2014 Report

    I've got an idea! instead of punishing the sensible local residents and road users,catch the 2-3 culprits,then you won't have to install expensive/unenforceable/annoying/unnecessary road calming measures.therefore not dumbing down genuine road calming areas.

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