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Residents: ‘It’s bad enough having a cycle path near our homes, let alone by a place of rest’

Residents of Denbigh are outraged by a plan to build a cycle path alongside a cemetery in town.

The Vale of Clwyd cycle route and the Denbigh walking and cycling network have been under consultation, and this week it was announced that a planning application would be submitted next year despite “strong opposition” to the route alongside Ystrad Road Cemetery.

According to the North Wales Daily Post, Denbighshire Council is in favour of the sustainable travel route despite concerns that cyclists would be passing as burial ceremonies were carried out.

According to the consultation document: “The route follows the former railway line past playing fields and Denbigh High School on the left to pass beneath a minor road and a cemetery on the right with backs of gardens directly on the left.”

The Denbigh Town Plan, drawn up by the council, highlights the need for residents being able to commute ‘safely and sustainably to jobs which are available elsewhere’, an aim that brought them to the consultation on the bike path.

Ian Evans, who lives nearby said: “I find it disgusting and disrespectful that Denbighshire Council are actually proposing to put the cycle track on the grounds of the cemetery on Ystrad Road.
“It’s bad enough putting it slap bang at the back our properties let alone on top of a place of rest.
“I’m all for a cycle track but please DCC be a little sympathetic as to where it goes.”

After an unpromising start, having to be bribed by her parents to learn to ride without stabilisers, Sarah became rather keener on cycling in her university years, and was eventually persuaded to upgrade to proper road cycling by the prospect of a shiny red Italian bike, which she promptly destroyed by trapping a pair of knickers in the rear derailleur. Sarah writes about about cycling every weekend on road.cc.