A470 to be renamed after Welsh soldiers

Reporter:

Aaron Haley

THE ROYAL Welsh Fusiliers are set to be honoured by Conwy residents by renaming part of the A470.

A two mile stretch of road from Black Cat roundabout to Llanrhos roundabout would be renamed “The Royal Welsh Way” under the proposals.

The plan came from a constituent of Llandudno Junction Councillor Mike Priestley, who is now drawing up an action plan raise the £2,000 required to fund the work.

“Basically, somebody contacted me through Facebook and said wouldn’t it be good if we renamed a road for them in Llandudno Junction,” Mr Priestley said.

“I looked into it and found that it’s difficult to rename a road, as people like things the way they are and you have to get consent from the Post Office, but found that the A470 doesn’t have a name.

“I set up a group on Facebook and have had a great response. We’ve had great support, everyone’s on board.”

“It’s gone from flying a kite and it’s a snowballed, and we have to take a step back now and set up an action plan.”

Cllr. Merfyn Thomas, who served as a Major in the Royal Welsh Fusiliers, said the plan was a fitting way to “recognise and celebrate the Royal Welsh Fusiliers.”

“There are a lot of young men from this area in the Royal Welsh, and I was a member of the Royal Welsh Fusiliers until 1996. I’m delighted.

“I’m sure we’ll be able to raise the money to put signs up.”

A Facebook group, titled “Name a road after the Royal Welsh Regiment in Llandudno Junction” has also been set up to gather ideas and support for the plan, whilst Cllr. Priestley is also welcoming support and fundraising ideas via email at priestleym1@aol.com.

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