Ball games, weighbridge and school drop offs.

Good news for football aficionados who live in the Level Road Park area of my ward. After the kerfuffle over a wrongly placed “No Ball Games” sign, the “Kick-back Wall” solution should soon become a reality to curb the problem of unwanted balls crashing into neighbouring gardens. Flintshire Leisure Services officers are willing to erect this goal capturing device provided the local developer keeps a promise to meet play facility costs and there are no real objections from local residents after full consultation has occurred under planning regulations. A picture of the Kick-back wall will be displayed in the park and care will be taken to site it away from gardens fences. It will not come cheap but will certainly enhance the playground area dramatically and offer a little peace to local residents frustrated by constant balls intruding into their privacy and space. I hope it finds favour with residents and if any one wants to talk anything through, my number is in the Flintshire Council booklet. The Bad News- The increased use of the Ewloe Weighbridge is raising complaints from locals who have noticed a marked increase in use particularly in the early hours of the morning as wagons are being led from the A55 into the Weighbridge to be examined for weigh and defects. All this extra activity is not good for residents nocturnal tranquillity. After four phone calls, I tracked down the guy in charge: of the VOSA Wales area Vehicle Operating Standards Agency and told him about residents’ complaints. He put it on the line for me: A 55 had been identified as an accident zone by foreign lorries and with fatalities rising, had upped the budget to £24million, hence the ability to work round the clock. The plan was to maximise enforcement for a couple of months and get to grips with these rogue operators. ‘What about my residents spoilt sleep, I wailed and what is your success rate?’ Its running at 80%, manager replied confidentially ‘and some of the defects are shocking’. We are certainly helping to keep death off the road’. Collapse of Stout Party, I could think of little to say apart from asking for consideration for the bordering residents and did the Ewloe Weighbridge have to bear the full burden of enforcement round here? “No”, said manager, “Holyhead and Wrexham too and I’m happy to talk to the residents”. “Had the A494 not been stopped we would have been re-sited behind the Shell petrol further away for residents” he casually confided. I thanked him for his openness and said I’d report back to residents. Life is always compromise, find a solution to one problem and another pops up in its place! The next major problem looming on the horizon will be Ewloe Primary School, as the consultation programme for yellow lines will finish on 12th September. I know from previous experience that any scheme will be challenged by some parents determined to drop off their children what ever barriers are put in their way. I hope that the Walking Bus Scheme can be made to work and with good will and a bit of give and take, a solution will be found.

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