North East Wales

A55 tourism signs plan after Vale of Clwyd campaign

St Asaph Cathedral graphic
Image caption Officials at St Asaph cathedral have long been calling for a tourism sign

Tourism signs highlighting attractions off north Wales' busiest road could soon be installed following years of campaigning.

Councillors and people with businesses near the A55 have long been calling for signs directing motorists to places such as St Asaph, Denbigh and Ruthin.

The Welsh Government states they must be within 10 miles (16km) and attract 60,000 annual visitors to qualify.

But a plan for a sign listing a number of places has now been suggested.

The Welsh government policy on which sites are eligible for the brown and white signs rules out places such as Denbigh and Rhuddlan castles and St Asaph cathedral.

But a group set up by Vale of Clwyd AM Ann Jones, involving Denbighshire council, town councils and conservation body CADW, has suggested the three attractions be grouped together on one Vale of Clwyd sign.

The total cost of the signs is estimated to be £153,000 - £130,000 of which must be met by the town councils, CADW and the St Asaph Diocese.

One of the reasons for the high cost is because the signs must be large enough to be read by drivers at a sufficient distance away.

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