Residents call for parking schemes near Wrexham AFC racecourse
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Residents call for parking schemes near Wrexham AFC racecourse

North Wales > Wrexham

Published: Wed 10 Jul 2024

Residents call for parking schemes near Wrexham AFC racecourse

CALLS are being made for residents parking schemes to be introduced near Wrexham AFC Racecourse Ground to tackle match day parking problems.
Attendance at the historic stadium has increased to 12,500 since the football club was taken over by Hollywood actors Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney.
However, the Red Dragons’ popularity has led to chaos on the surrounding streets, with some fans reportedly blocking residents’ driveways and parking on double yellow lines.
A local politician told a meeting held today (Tuesday, July 9) that it also led to violent clashes between supporters and people living nearby.
Cllr Phil Wynn (Indiana), who represents the area opposite the stadium on Mold Road, has called on Wrexham Council to introduce measures to help residents park close to their homes.
His comments came after local government board members approved plans to use the council’s housing depot car park to provide extra parking on match days.
The 135-space ground at Ruthin Road in Wrexham is expected to ease the burden on the club as they prepare for their first season in League One since 2005.
However, Councillor Wynn said proposals to create a new Kop stand to increase the stadium’s capacity were unlikely to be an easy solution.
The council’s lead member for education said: “The problem of match day parking is not going to go away, especially when the stadium is expanded with the new Kop Stand.
“I have been working with residents in Mold Road to undertake a survey to address concerns about match day car park use.
“The majority of respondents would like to see some form of residents’ parking along Mold Road.
“Around 40 per cent of those surveyed said they had experienced some form of brawl with supporters, either with Wrexham fans or away fans parking on their streets.”
There will be a charge for parking at the Ruthin Road site and the council intends to open the site to supporters as soon as possible.
The upgrades will also include pedestrian walkways between the car park and the stadium; the stadium is a 15-minute walk away, according to the report.
Councillor Marc Jones, who represents part of Rhosddu, said residents in his community were also affected by match day parking problems.
He asked whether money collected from parking fees at the depot could be used to fund parking programs for residents.
The Plaid Cymru councillor said: “I hope that if we can generate a revenue surplus then perhaps we can look at introducing parking schemes for residents on match days to avoid these flashpoints.
“There is a lot of irresponsible parking on match days, parking on double yellow lines and parking in front of other people’s driveways.”
Deputy Council Chairman David A. Bithell responded that there are rules that require any revenues to go to the Housing Authority and cannot be used to support resident parking programs.
Labour group leader Dana Davies asked whether extra parking spaces could be provided at the council-owned Crown Buildings to increase footfall in the city centre.
Councillor Andy Gallanders (Plaid) also called for a wider review of city centre parking, including private spaces.
Meanwhile, one politician has raised doubts about how well the Ruthin Road facility will be used, with concerns it could impact on staff parking.
Councillor Mike Morris (Cons) said: “I honestly don’t think it’s human nature for people to choose Ruthin Road and try to find somewhere else.
“If we open the stadium for matches, will we have a problem with parking for staff during the week if the match is played midweek?
“Whenever I go to Ruthin Road it’s very difficult to find a space and it’s usually packed.”
However, council leader Mark Pritchard (Ind) described the club’s surge in popularity as “fantastic”.
He appealed to residents to take advantage of the situation and rent out their driveways to fans.
He said: “If I lived in Mold Road and had a space I would rent out my driveway and probably give the money to charity.
“If you go to any big club, you have parking problems. It’s part of the norm and you get used to it.
“A lot of people like to be on the sidelines when they go to watch their football club play because they can then get out more quickly.”
Board members later approved plans to use the train station site as a car park for matches and pledged to consider other ways to address concerns raised by councillors.

Author: Liam Randall – Local Democracy Reporter

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