A COUNCILLOR has urged residents to drive at 30mph in a 60mph zone near Corwen because of the “awful state” of the road.

Cllr Mabon ap Gwynfor, county councillor for Cynwyd/Llandrillo, said that while Denbighshire County Council (DCC) had repaired part of the B4401, it left a stretch in Llangar which is now causing broken windscreens and flat tyres.

Cllr ap Gwynfor said he and residents have logged “numerous complaints” about the condition of the remaining section of road during the last 15 months amid fears over a serious accident, however no action has been taken.

He also expressed “frustration” with “the lack of communication” between DCC and residents over road improvements in the county.

“I’ve raised the issue many times and have escalated it,” Cllr ap Gwynfor said. “Residents are regularly contacting me and I’m as frustrated as they are.

“The B4401 was in a terrible state two years ago and, after a lot of pressure, most of the road from the White Walls to Cynwyd got resurfaced. But for some obscure reason a stretch by Llangar was left, and it was clear for all that it was deteriorating and only a matter of time before it got much worse.

“Last September I suggested that contractors resurfacing the road to Bryneglwys could also resurface this short stretch in Llangar, but I heard nothing back. Numerous concerns have been conveyed, but with the exception of patching work before Christmas we’ve heard nothing.

“That patching work has all disappeared now, and the road is in an awful state.

Cllr ap Gwynfor said residents have also had damaged wheels while the road is “certainly unsuitable for motorbikes and pushbikes”.

“Until we get any kind of response, I’m urging all road users to take care on the road and to drive at 30mph or even slower as a precaution,” he added.

DCC’s highways capital programme for 2018-19 involved the repair of 53 sections of road across the county.

A DCC spokesperson said: “This section of the carriageway was in satisfactory condition when the previous resurfacing work was carried out, and therefore wasn’t included in any planned work.

“However, this section has since deteriorated, and is therefore now included in our provisional works programme for April 2020 onwards, subject to confirmation of the necessary resources.

“In the meantime, we will continue to carry out repair works to ensure the road is safe for motorists.”