Cycle path through cemetary slammed

Published date: 07 January 2014 |
Published by: Kirstie Dolphin
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RESIDENTS have slammed plans for a cycle path in Denbigh which runs through a cemetery.

Denbighshire County Council’s (DCC) proposed new cycle path will go through the former railway track from Denbigh to Pen Y Maes Farm, including part of Denbigh cemetery on Ystrad Road.

But residents said the plan is disrespectful and claim part of the track is planned on private land.

Kevin Ringer, whose house backs onto the old railway line and keen cyclist, said: “DCC claim this section of cycle track will form part of a continuous route from Denbigh to Pen y Maes farm then onto the A525 to Llanrhaeadr.

“What DCC fail to point out is that there are private landowners between Denbigh and Pen y Maes, all of which oppose the cycle track.

“Instead DCC will build a separate cycle track alongside the A525 south to Llanrhaeadr. So the section through the cemetery and behind Crud y Castell and Myddleton Park will be an isolated section not connected to any other cycle track.”

Residents are also concerned the crime the track may bring and the maintenance of the track.

Ian Evans, whose garden will be next to the cycle path, said: “True cyclists will not use it as it is a long way round for them, people going to work will go along the main road rather than out of their way and have to open and close gates to access it.

“As a cyclist myself I want it too, but I do not want it right at the back of my house and think it’s disgusting to put it through the cemetery.”

Residents whose houses back onto the former railway line have been renting the land for about eight years after it was left unkempt.

Mr Evans added : “It’s more about what it’s going to bring, it will become dog alley.

“The residents decided to rent the land to keep it tidy and looked after.

“Will the council maintain it after it’s built with their budget cuts?”

The Welsh Government, who is funding the scheme, was made aware of residents objections but supports the introduction of the route.

A Denbighshire County Council spokeswoman said: “Consultation with the wider community in Denbigh showed there is a desire for a safe cycle route to link communities throughout the Vale of Clwyd.

“We have consulted widely with residents in the adjoining properties and following on from their representations, we have adapted the scheme to the proposals we have today, which would see the cycle path routed through a small section of the cemetery complete with discrete fencing and landscaping.

“We are happy to discuss the proposals with anyone who has concerns and there will be opportunities to put views forward as part of the planning application process.”

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