Wrexham motorists slammed over illegal short-cut

Reporter:

Claire Gallagher

MOTORISTS using a town centre road illegally have been slammed.

High Street in Wrexham is not accessible to ordinary cars, but many drivers are flouting the rules to take a short cut.

Now Stephanie Booth, who owns the Wynnstay Arms is out to tackle them.

Mrs Booth told the Leader she was nearly run over by a quad bike driving around the streets.

She said: “I stood in the middle of the road and I told him (the driver) that if he came around again I’d perform a citizen’s arrest.

“The area is pedestrianised but everyone ignores it.

“So many people break the law and it needs to be enforced.

“I don’t want it to take the death or injury of a child in order to get this done. Some speeds they drive down the streets are suicidal, it’s used as a rat-run.”

Mrs Booth hopes both High Street and Yorke Street can be fully closed off for the whole of December in order to run a Christmas market with a tree and stalls.

The only vehicles which can use High Street are buses, taxis and those with disabled parking badges.

The road can also be used for loading between designated times and parking is only for those with disabled badges.

Former racing driver and Wrexham resident James Baker said: “They really should understand they are putting lives in danger by driving in pedestrian areas.

“They could be stopped and penalised and could lose their licence.

“By nature the fact that disabled people are able to park means they could be in the area and getting out of their cars.

“Young lads do enjoy driving around town but there is a time and a place to drive like Lewis Hamilton.”

PC John Clarke, from Wrexham town centre police, said there had been no problem reported to him about cars using High Street.

He said that because they had no complaints about the road, the aim was to focus on other areas of crime such as shoplifting.

PC Clarke added: “We do not find it necessary to deal with it.

“We try to balance the books and judge priorities and that means a shoplifter would be dealt with before this.

“You have to remember we carry out 250 arrests a year.”

John Bradbury, chief environment officer ar Wrexham Council ,said all parking restrictions in the Yorke Street area were dealt with by the council’s parking enforcement officers.

Mr Bradbury added: “However, the access orders (the moving traffic offences) which relate to the offences Mrs Booth refers to within High Street, by vehicles which enter into this street in contravention of the traffic regulation order, are only able to be enforced by North Wales Police as they, not Wrexham County Borough Council, are solely responsible for these matters.”

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