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Councillor concerned about road conditions in Connah’s Quay as winter weather sets in

THE condition of a Connah’s Quay road has left town councillors fearing for the safety of residents as winter sets in.

The old part of Golftyn Lane has been described as ‘an accident waiting to happen’ by concerned councillor David Birch, who has raised the issue with Flintshire County Council numerous times over the last five years.

Cllr Birch said that when the lane was originally built it was only the people who lived along it that used it for access.

“Now there are businesses up there and the heavy waggons travelling up have caused the drainage system to collapse,” he said.

“As the weather turns colder fears over safety are growing.

“The drain can’t cope with the water which then runs down the hill and freezes as the temperature drops.

“Last year the ice was seven-and-a-half inches thick in places along the road.

“Someone is going to get hurt.

“There is a public footpath right by the bend on the road which children at the high school use, and they are at risk as cars wouldn’t be able to stop on the ice.

“This is a real threat and very dangerous, we could see someone dead.”

Connah’s Quay Town Council has been trying to resolve the issue for a number of years.

“We have letters dating back to 2006 and the county council have been out to the site,” said Cllr Birch.

“Despite assurances that there was money in the budget available to fix the drainage in time for this winter the problem is yet to be sorted.”

But Steve Jones, head of Streetscene at Flintshire County Council, said the problem is finally due to be addressed.

He told the Chronicle: “Funding has been allocated to a drainage improvement sch- eme which will alleviate the problems in Golftyn Lane.

“The design work for the scheme has been completed and the work will commence on site in January 2011, taking approximately three weeks to complete.”