RESIDENTS and businesses are being reassured that no decision has yet been taken on draft proposals which aim to encourage active travel in certain towns.

The Welsh Government has provided funding to local authorities for introducing measures that will help enable people to maintain social distancing in public places, and to encourage residents to walk and cycle safely. The funding allows councils to bring in temporary measures to support this.

Plans have been drawn up for Rhyl, Denbigh, Ruthin and Llangollen.

For Denbigh, proposals include supporting social distancing in Vale Street, High Street, and Bridge Street by introducing a one-way traffic system to the town centre; temporarily relocating Denbigh market from Hall Square to the High Street and to temporarily impose a 20mph speed limit along Park Street, Beacon's Hill and Grove Road.

In Ruthin, a one-way traffic system is proposed for the town centre along Market Street and Well Street and pubs, cafés and restaurants will be supported to create outside seating areas where it is safe and practicable to do so.

In Llangollen, measures include the widening of pavements for shared pedestrian/cyclist use in the following locations:

Abbey Road, from the area outside Llangollen Railway Station to the Castle Street bridge.

Castle Street, from Parade Street to Market Street.

Castle Street, about 70 per cent of the length from the Market Street junction to the A5 (Berwyn Street).

Cllr Brian Jones, Cabinet Lead Member for Waste, Transport and the Environment, said: “Keeping people safe is a key priority for the council and the council believes the proposed measures will help people feel safe when visiting our town centres and encourage them to stay longer.

“I would therefore encourage business and residents to take part in the consultation period that is now underway”.

Denbighshire County Council will be consulting with town businesses and residents on the proposals before making a final decision.

Visit for further details about each scheme and a link to an online survey. Deadline: July 24 2020.