THE introduction of 22 additional parking spaces at a busy leisure centre is the first phase of making the area safer, a councillor has said.
The new parking spaces have been created at Buckley Leisure Centre on Mill Lane in the town.
According to two of the town’s senior councillors, parking provisions have not met the increased use of the busy leisure centre, leading to cars being parked on nearby pavements.
County councillor Ron Hampson described the situation as dangerous.
Double yellow lines have now been put in place at pavements near to the centre, and Elfed High School, which shares the Mill Lane location, has opened up land to the rear of the school for extra spaces.
Buckley Mountain councillor Carol Ellis, said she has been fighting for improvements to the leisure centre parking facilities for almost a decade.
She said: “I’ve campaigned for at least nine years for these extra spaces.
“The school has allowed CCTV in part of their land so we can get 22 extra spaces in there.
“There’s still work to be done to create more spaces, this is the first step.
“Numerous complaints have been made and we welcome this as the first phase of making the area safer.”
Cllr Hampson said he was pleased to see changes to the car park.
He added: “This has been a long standing concern.
“There’s always cars parked all over the place and it’s been a problem for a number of years. Elfed has agreed to open up land at the back of the school with CCTV run by the leisure centre.
“There’s been very limited access to the car park which has led to a few near misses, I’m very pleased the car park has been extended.”