Community leaders fear it is “only a matter of time” before someone is seriously injured on a village road unless a £60,000 pavement is installed.
Residents in Llansadwrn, near Menai Bridge, have been calling for urgent action to install pedestrian access linking both sides of the village.
As a result, even to reach the village postbox, those living on the Brynteg Estate have to encroach onto the busy B5109 that links Beaumaris to Pentraeth.
Anglesey Council says previous applications to pay for the work worth £60,000 have been turned down by the Welsh Government, with no other funding sources identified.
It says new highway improvement schemes are totally reliant upon external grant funding and that in January 2014, an unsuccessful bid was made for ‘Safe Routes in the Communities’ grant funding from Cardiff Bay.
But County Cllr Carwyn Jones, says the current situation means its “only a matter of time” until a serious accident takes place.
He added: “There’ve been previous calls to provide a pedestrian footpath along the stretch of road from the Brynteg estate to the Llansadwrn junction, known locally as Fingar.
“This stretch of road, with no pavement, is dangerous for residents, and especially the elderly, parents with prams and children going to see family and friends.
“Those living at Brynteg have to walk along this stretch of road even to reach the postbox. This is a vital stretch that links Llansadwrn.
“But walking along the highway is extremely dangerous and when the verge grass is so high there is no option but to walk in the road. It’s only a matter of time before a serious incident or worse still, a pedestrian is killed.”
Twenty of the village’s residents recently wrote to the local authority urging officers to take urgent action.
A spokesman for Anglesey Council added: “The bid was for the Cwm Cadnant ward and included work in Llandegfan as well as the provision of a new footway in the existing highway verge alongside the B5109 to Brynteg Estate, Llansadwrn.
“The terms of the grant emphasised the need to demonstrate strong links with local schools and the B5109 footway element of the bid was refused, but the other works in Llandegfan was approved.
“The total cost of a new footway along the B5109 to Brynteg Estate from Fingar Crossroads, Llansadwrn, was estimated at £60,000. Officers expressed their disappointment to the Government and emphasised the importance of the B5109 footway to Brynteg Estate whilst urging re-consideration.
“We’re not aware of any other funding sources, but officers will continue to monitor opportunities and remain supportive of the scheme.”
Source : DailyPost