Roads in Llay branded a "death trap"


Charlie Croasdale

ROADS in a village have been branded a “death trap”.

Llay councillor Terry Boland, of Bryn Place, believes “someone is going to be killed” if motorists continue to exceed 30mph speed limits in the village, with Llay New Road and Nant Y Gaer Road his main areas for concern.

Cllr Boland has also raised concerns with the speed of vehicles on other streets including First Avenue and School Road, with Llay Park County Primary School situated on those roads.

The village hosts Alyn Waters Country Park and venues including the Miners Welfare and the Crown Inn. A high-volume of HGVs travel through the village to reach Llay Industrial Estate.

Fellow county councillor for Llay, Malcolm Taylor, spoke of concerns over speeding, and said work is being done in the area, including traffic cameras and wires on the road to track speeds.

Cllr Boland said: “It is getting ridiculous, someone is going to be killed.

“The speed which people drive through Llay New Road, Nant Y Gaer Road, it’s frightening. I’m getting residents coming up to me on a near daily basis telling me something must be done and speed measures must be brought in.

“Gresford Road is also an issue and people not slowing down after coming through the Straight Mile from Burton. These drivers are the scourge of the village, and our villagers need to be protected. We want Llay to be a safe place for children to play and live, but some of the roads are a death trap.

“First Avenue is a major worry too with the school being based there.”

Cllr Taylor said: “This has been an ongoing issue for months and I’m pleased to say something is finally being done. I’ve spoken to the council’s traffic officers and I’ve had assurances measures are being taken near the welfare and at the top of Llay New Road, including a traffic camera and wires on the road.

“Another issue we have raised is ‘The Ring’ roundabout by the Welfare, it’s too low and is treated like a chicane. People don’t slow down and we have vehicles travelling quickly onto Llay New Road. 

“We’re also pushing the local authority for a pedestrian crossing on Nant Y Gaer Road, so people crossing the road to get to and from Alyn Waters can do so safely.”

A Wrexham Council spokesman said: “We will be undertaking some traffic survey and monitoring in the area of Llay Miners Welfare following concerns being made known to us.”

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