There was 'absolute chaos' in a popular beach resort over the bank holiday weekend as day-trippers fought over parking spaces.
Residents, businesses and community leaders have hit out after motorists caused mayhem in Talacre.
North Wales Police closed off Station Road yesterday (May 30) for several hours after the North Wales village became completely gridlocked.
Community councillor John Thompson said: “For two days it has been absolute chaos.
“Every car park was full and only the inner car park on the beach was opened, and the outer car park with an extra 140 spaces was shut.
“Cars were left everywhere and residents could not even get out of their own homes.”
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Talacre Business Group chairman Lyndon Mulhearn, who has owned the Sandancer Amusements on Station Road for nearly 30 years, told how he fears parking problems could be 'the nail in the coffin' for the village.
He said: “Every time it is a nice day, we just come to expect this chaos.
“The car parks and beach fills up and nobody will come and open the bottom beach car park, which would ease the problem.
“On Sunday on Gamfa Wen, I’m told there was even a fight between two men over a parking space.”
Mr Mulhearn added: “Lots of residents, visitors and businesses are irate.
“Talacre is such a beautiful place but you can’t enjoy it if there is no where to park – many visitors just stay away now and many won’t come back.
“These days ruin the rest of the year. Every day it is like this it is a nail in the coffin of Talacre.”
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One concerned resident told how she feels like a 'prisoner' in her own home, due to inconsiderate parking and the sheer volume of vehicles in the village on sunny days.
She told how homeowners regularly have to step in and police traffic to avoid accidents.
“If we know the weather is going to be good, we have to make sure we do everything we need to do Monday to Friday as we cannot get out of our home on a weekend,” she said. “We feel like prisoners in our own homes.”
The resident added: “The traffic has been so bad that people are hitting each other and getting out of their cars and screaming at each other. Residents here are at the end of their tether.”
Fears have also been expressed that emergency services are being blocked from accessing Talacre.
The resident said: “On Sunday, one lady’s waters broke on Station Road and the ambulance couldn’t get to her so we had to try and get her to it ourselves. It is a nightmare.
“Elderly people are frightened to death because they are scared that if something goes wrong and they need an ambulance or a doctor they won’t get to them in time “I know so many have moved to nursing homes because they are so scared.”
On Monday, inconsiderate motorists blocked the emergency access gate to the beach.
Flint Coastguard team said on Facebook: “Today two of the team carried out a local patrol between Flint and Rhyl along with Rhyl Coastguard Rescue Team, whilst arriving at Talacre Beach we were informed by a member of the public that we wouldn’t be able to gain access on to the beach as a number of vehicles had blocked the gate.
“This information was passed to Holyhead CGOC who informed North Wales Police / Heddlu Gogledd Cymru. PLEASE DO NOT BLOCK THE EMERGENCY ACCESS GATES AT ANY TIME.”
Discussions are ongoing with Natural Resources Wales and the community to find a solution to the village’s parking problems.