A CONSULTATION has been launched on proposals for a new 20mph zone which will cover parts of Wrexham villages.

The zone would cover areas of Plas Madoc, Cefn Mawr, Acrefair, Newbridge and Rhosymedre.

These proposals, put forward by Cefn Community Council, are aimed at encouraging people travelling in and around the area out of their cars, meaning they won’t have to get behind the wheel if they want to travel from one part of the Cefn and Plas Madoc area to another.

The main focus of the plans is make sure parents and guardians can walk their children to and from schools in the area, rather than having to rely on driving to school.

In order to help Wrexham Council towards that target, the authority is looking at putting together a network of safe and convenient routes around Cefn and the communities nearby, linking communities and making drivers slow down on some key routes, making them safer for pedestrians and cyclists.

If you use any of the routes involved, the council is keen to hear your views on whether or not you think the proposals are what’s needed – or what other approaches we should consider taking.

The plans are available to view here news.wrexham.gov.uk/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/Location-Plan.pdf

Any views on the consultation should be e-mailed to darren.green@wrexham.gov.uk, and a drop-in session will be held at the George Edwards Hall, Cefn Mawr on Tuesday, November 6 between 6pm and 8pm.

Cllr David A Bithell, lead member for environment and transport, said: “Encouraging people out of their cars is one of our key aims in tackling carbon targets – but it can also help people stay healthier for longer, and help provide better links between communities.

“I’d encourage anyone interested in the proposals for the routes through Cefn Mawr, Rhosymedre, Newbridge, Acrefair and Plas Madoc to take part in the consultation.”

Cllr Tyger Benbow-Jones, ward member for Cefn and member of Cefn Community Council, said: “Being able to walk safely around our villages is so important for all people in our community, especially during school times.

“We live in such a beautiful area and there are health and wellbeing benefits to be gained by getting out of our cars and enjoying some fresh air and gentle exercise – whilst getting to explore some of the forgotten pathways lets us all discover more about our history.

“Please come along to the consultation and share your views."