THE owners of a busy hotel in Chirk have defended their decision to close a thoroughfare to vehicles.
Directors of The Hand Hotel have erected a sign warning motorists that the privately owned entrance to their car park off Holyhead Road and the car park itself is for patrons only and not those travelling to the main public car park.
However, the move has caused outrage with local councillors who said it was “a dark day” for Chirk.
Paul Rogers, joint director of the hotel, explained with pot holes appearing it was only a matter of time before the damage becomes expensive to repair and could lead to pedestrians falling and injuring themselves.
He said: “We put a sign up there saying it is a private car park for The Hand Hotel customers only, but nothing about stopping access for pedestrians.”
But councillor for Chirk South, Terry Evans, said it was “an attack on the people of Chirk”.
He said: “It is a very sad day blocking the entrance. I feel very sad about it.”
Councillor for Chirk North, Ian Roberts, added: “It has been an access for vehicles for well over 30 years and I think that gives it a right of way.”
However, Chirk town councillor Hilary Spragg said she would be happy to see it closed to vehicles providing it remained open to pedestrians.