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Snowdonia parking row at Zip World Fforest as staff ‘hog areas’ in Wales

Locals in Llanrwst, North Wales, declare workers at Zip World Fforest Adventures, a vacationer attraction in Snowdonia, take all of the spots alongside rural roads and laybys, regardless of there being official on-site parking. Jen Rigby, who lives close by, likes to stroll her canine at the adjoining woodland Coed Hafod however says she can not get near the doorway due to all of the parked autos.

Speaking to North Wales Live, Jen mentioned: “They’re not breaking the law but I’ve had enough. It’s our favourite family dog walk – or it was. It’s a place I come to de-stress.

“Some staff automotive share however most park in the layby as a result of there may be nowhere else shut sufficient to Zip World Fforest.

“Honestly, as staff have to cross the busy A470 twice and walk half a mile next to a road where cars regularly speed over 60mph, this feels like an accident waiting to happen.

“You can think about at the weekends it’s totally busy – there have been 16 automobiles parked right here noon Saturday and 17 on Sunday, leaving no areas for residents or anybody else stopping off to park.

“I’m very grateful to Zip World for bringing employment to the region and also for the boost that adventure tourism gives to our area, but my message to Zip World is – please can you share this parking layby with local residents and others who wish to stop to view the beauty of Coed Hafod.”

Jen says the layby alongside the A470 has been used as de facto “staff car park” for 2 years however the issue has turn out to be worse in current weeks.

A screenshot shared by Jen appeared to indicate an e-mail from Zip World which reads: “With regards to parking in the laybys some staff do park in layby but not all staff park there as we are aware this is a public space for the likes of yourself and enjoy the local walks.

“I’ll review this day by day to observe who’s parking there to make sure that there may be area for the general public.”

The layby is managed by the Welsh Government, which said it is aware of the issue and attempting to resolve it.

A spokesperson said: “We are conscious of some parking points in the layby and are monitoring the scenario.”

Zip World has been approached for remark.

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