Signage to the Vale of Clwyd
During my time as a County Councillor, I felt it was important that Prestatyn – which was the community I represented – should be better signposted from the A55. A scheme was put together which involved firstly replacing the existing westbound brown sign with refreshed content, and secondly installing a brand new identical eastbound brown sign. Following a number of delays, this scheme now looks much closer to fruition and your support in ensuring it can progress would be appreciated.
Last year, I also became involved in the quest for A55 “Vale of Clwyd” tourist signage for the communities of Rhuddlan, St Asaph, Denbigh and Ruthin, where currently there is none. This involves signposting the historic and world-renowned sites based within my constituency of Rhuddlan Castle, St Asaph Cathedral and Denbigh Castle.
While the A55 has brought great benefits to North Wales, there is a widespread feeling that many tourists bypass this area to reach towns and communities further west. In part this must be because there is poor awareness of what the Vale of Clwyd has to offer.
I understand the main barrier to the proposed Vale of Clwyd signage proceeding is likely to be the required visitor numbers of 60,000 per attraction per annum. I have already written to Niall McBride to ask whether this figure can be taken to represent the total for all attractions listed on the sign rather than for each. I hope that the adopted rules allow some discretion to acknowledge the iconic nature of the attractions concerned and the fact that actual visitor numbers are very likely to exceed those recorded. Many visitors to these sites can and will of course admire the buildings without necessarily paying an entry fee or recording their visit in some other way. Furthermore, I suspect visitor numbers would increase significantly with appropriate signage and believe that the opportunity for this to happen should be provided.
I am aware of strong support in Rhuddlan for the plans and also of long-term attempts by St Asaph to secure signage for their Cathedral. Having been awarded City status in recent times, it seems to me that St Asaph is currently not receiving the prominence it deserves.