Tall grass hazard near Pontblyddyn 'put lives at risk'


Owen Evans

A WORRIED resident  says somebody could have been killed because of overgrown grass at an blackspot.

Great-grandmother Tina Jones said grass on the central reservation of the A541 in Pontblyddyn was so high that pulling onto the busy road was very dangerous.

The mother-of-four said when pulling onto the road from Tir-y-Fron Lane, where she lives, or back into her road from the main A541, it was impossible to see cars coming from the opposite direction because of the long grass.

After fears were put to Flintshire Council on Friday by the Leader, council staff were sent to cut the verges.

Speaking before the grass was cut, Mrs Jones said: “I’ve had a lot of near misses. There’s going to be a fatal accident with it being like this. It is a very dangerous place.

“It’s a disgrace. They don’t realise how dangerous it is.”

The section in question was recently turned from a two-lane to one lane on the Wrexham-bound side, while speed limits have also been cut.

Mrs Jones, who has 10 grandchildren, said crossing the carriageway to or from her lane was almost impossible.

She said her pregnant daughter Claire had a near-miss last week before the grass was cut.

Several motorists have been killed on the A541 in recent years.

Alterations included the reductions in the speed limit from 70mph to 50mph on the two-lane section of dual carriageway northbound and further reductions to 40mph on the wooded stretch to Pontblyddyn.

On the southbound side, the road has been reduced to one lane and the speed limit reduced to 50mph from 70mph.

Mrs Jones said that with cars travelling at such speeds, it was almost impossible to get out of the lane.

“I don’t know why they don’t just flagstone  the whole area,” she said.

“They should have cut the grass weeks ago.”

Before staff cut the grass on Friday, Steve Jones, Flintshire Council’s chief officer for Streetscene and transportation, said: “The visibility splays on the A541 have been cut this year and a second cut is due next week, in line with the council grass cutting policy.

“The area will be inspected today and earlier action will be taken if required."

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