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Residents complain about misuse of Bryn Siriol footpath in Flint

FLINT town councillor and North Wales Police Authority member Terry Renshaw is backing calls to close off a footpath.

Cllr Renshaw says he’s had numerous complaints from residents about Brynsiriol path.

It runs from the end of Prince of Wales Avenue, behind St Richard Gwyn Catholic High School, the Croes Atti development site and the back of Bryn Siriol estate.

He says too many people are using the route for drug taking.

Dog fouling is also a particular concern says Cllr Renshaw.

He said: “The footpath comes to a dead end. It serves no purpose and only encourages anti-social behaviour. Even its advantage of being a short cut has stopped with a new fence at the back of St Richard Gwyn.

“What’s annoying is people from all over town bringing their dogs here. “It’s unfair on Bryn Siriol people. One even had his tyres slashed. Residents want to adopt and maintain the council-owned path.

“The town council is liaising with Flintshire’s highways department.”

But Oakenholt’s county Cllr Rita Johnson says the path has a purpose.

She said: “I can’t see the justification in closing this off. It’s an adopted link path with a dog bin. It even has street lighting which makes it a safer route than elsewhere.

“Any incidents have been minimal.”

Oakenholt’s Community Beat Manager PC Steve Parkes-Smith said: “We’ve had one call regarding youths using the route as a short cut through the school field.

“Apart from that there are no big issues. I’ve left a number of calling cards with residents.

“If anything happens contact me at Flint Police Station on 0845 607 1002.

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