Flintshire residents fed up with business park disruption

Reporter:

Lois Hough

VILLAGERS say they are at their wits’ end over plans for a multi-million pound road development.

Last month the Leader revealed how residents near the controversial Warren Hall Business Park said they were suffering a “life of hell” due to noise and dust.

Now homeowners in a village two miles away say their lives will also be severely affected due to vastly increased traffic levels.

Higher Kinnerton councillor Norma Humphreys said the extra traffic through the village would be a danger to schoolchildren.

She added: “I have got four grandchildren that use that road to get to school and it’s so narrow that it’s just horrendous.

“So more traffic through our village would turn it into a rat run. People already use it as a throughway to get to Airbus.

“Our main concern as a village is the increased traffic without getting proper traffic calming measures.

“We want speed humps and flashing ‘30’ lights. We have been promised all sorts but nothing ever materialises.”

One village resident, who asked to remain anonymous said she also had concerns about extra cars on the road.

She said: “If they are talking about 7,000 jobs coming to the area, it seems incredibly naive of them to expect them all to come via the A55.

“Traffic in the area will substantially increase.”

A spokesman for the Welsh Assembly government, which is in charge of the development, said: “While local roads are a matter for Flintshire Council, the Welsh Assembly Government has ensured extensive consultation on all aspects of Warren Hall Business Park, which is important for securing future economic development and prosperity of the community.

“The outline planning application, which was approved in February 2008, followed the full statutory consultation process with extensive advertising and public presentations held in both Broughton and Higher Kinnerton.

“In addition Assembly Government officials have met with Higher Kinnerton Community Council to discuss the approved proposals, traffic issues, scale and scope of works.

“The planning application included an environmental impact assessment covering all ecology and landscape issues and a robust traffic impact assessment.

“Businesses based on the site will be required to submit green travel plans to minimise car usage.”

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