Clearing West Shore path would improve disabled access and encourage more visitors, says AM

Original by Allan George, North Wales Pioneer -

A CAMPAIGN has been started to see the break in the Wales Coastal Path between Deganwy and Llandudno cleared.


The campaign is being spearheaded by Janet Finch-Saunders, AM for Aberconwy, who has written to the Welsh Government to ask for the decision not to maintain the route to be reconsidered.

She said: “The coastal path is a treasure, and we are fortunate that communities all along Aberconwy’s coast are benefitting from it.

“Here in Wales, we should be proud of the fact we had the first uninterrupted route along a national coast. However, I have been approached by residents from every corner of the constituency with complaints about the state of the route between Deganwy and West Shore.

“As it stands, people in wheelchairs are no longer able to use the route, and the amount of sand on the path is putting pedestrians off.

“I have been advised by the Deputy Minister for Housing and Local Government the decision to limit maintenance on this section was made as part of the Local Authority’s actions to become carbon positive.

“Tackling climate change is a cause I am committed to, but I struggle to see how abandoning the path is going to contribute significantly to the cause.

“Similarly, the emphasis placed by the Minister on the fact that options are being considered during the detailed design phase for the Llandudno flood alleviation schemes are misleading as these solutions could take a considerable amount of time to be agreed and implemented.

“The path must remain open and equity of access restored”.