RESIDENTS in Llay have complained their lives are being disrupted by a large numbers of lorries passing through their community.

Householders on Gresford Road say they have witnessed up to 130 heavy goods vehicles a day going in and out of a development site, where hundreds of new homes are set to be built.

Bellway Homes and Anwyl Homes are due to construct 362 new properties in the village, which were given permission on appeal by then First Minister Carwyn Jones despite widespread objections.

Work has now got under way on the former farming land and those living nearby claim vehicles blocking their properties and large convoys queuing from early in the morning is a daily occurrence.

Residents said problems were happening despite planning conditions being imposed to prevent work starting until the crossroads near the Crown Pub are upgraded.

Other constraints put in place by Wrexham Council last August were designed to prevent drivers from blocking driveways and restrict delivery hours.

Llay councillor Rob Walsh said he had received as many as five calls an hour about disruption being caused by HGVs.

He said: “People are outraged about how this has been allowed to happen.

“It’s just the whole way this development has begun which has baffled and angered local residents.

“The other issue is for Old Meadow Court residents with the fact they’ve got all this development happening.

“The planning conditions haven’t been discharged yet, particularly the one about the plans for the Crown crossroads.”

Wrexham Council has confirmed officers from its planning enforcement team are now looking into the issues raised.

Villagers are also facing further disruption as part of Gresford Road is due to be closed for 16 weeks from late April to allow new drainage to be installed for the development.

However, Dennis Owen, who lives opposite the site, believes the closure could last for as long six months by the time the second phase of drainage is put in.

He said: “There are at least 100 to 130 wagons going in and out every day.

“I went there yesterday and they were queuing to go out as some were queuing to go in.

“The problem is all the traffic going into the Old Meadow Court entrance and when that’s closed off they’re going to be coming in through the new entrance on Gresford Road.

“The other thing I’m concerned about is the lack of consultation.”

Anwyl Homes has declined to comment on the issues raised.

Bellway Homes has also been asked to respond to residents’ concerns.