A councillor has warned that Saltney High Street is becoming the 'Shotton traffic jam' as plans to transform an old police house were thrown out.

Proposals to convert the former cop home into nine bed-sits on the main road running through the town failed today amid safety concerns.

The property was a police house until the 1950s but has been empty the last couple of years.

Today’s bid failed after it emerged limited on-site parking spaces meant residents would have to reverse their cars onto the busy road because of a lack of room to perform a U-turn.

The proposal also included a new drive from the main road to the building next to a bus stop.


Refuse would be collected next to a bus stop, prompting objections from the headteacher at nearby St Anthony’s Catholic Primary School.

Councillors said traffic snarl-ups would increase if the scheme got the green light thereby endangering pedestrians and pupils who would have to dodge reversing vehicles and bins on the pavements.

Although Flintshire council planning officers had recommended the plans for approval it was unanimously booted out on the grounds of dangerous road access, refuse kerb collections causing a danger to pedestrians, the impact on traffic and over-development.

Cllr Veronica Gay said: “Saltney High Street is becoming the Shotton traffic jam. Saltney High Street can’t cope.

“To put more access points (to the development) where people are waiting for a bus is ridiculous.”


She said there had been a number of accidents on the road in recent years.

A council officer clarified there had been five in the last five years.

Cllr Chris Bithell branded the proposal a “gross over-development”.

He said: “I find it incredible that they are talking about cars reversing onto the High Street.”

Cllr Carol Ellis echoed his views.

She added: “The road to Chester is already congested and it will be horrendous having vehicles reversing onto that road.”

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