For many years the traffic situation in Shotton's High Street has been appalling which many people claim has always been bad, but made worse in 2000 when Flintshire County Council re-designed the high street and removed bus laybys, which meant total traffic congestion every time a bus pulled up to drop off or pick people up.
Shotton Town Council and some County Councillors campaigned for years to reverse this situation but to no avail. Get Fair on Deeside, a social justice group, held a listening exercise at the end of 2008 to early 2009, the results of which showed that top of the concerns for Deeside people was the Shotton traffic problem.
In 2009, the Deeside Get Fair group enlisted the help of TCC (Together Creating Communities) to look at this problem and met with the leader and officers of the County Council to discuss what could be done. The fact that this was a non political group made up of various community minded individuals led to a more positive debate about the situation and kept the problem uppermost in people's minds. Early meetings were sympathetic to our cause but did not produce any results but the fact that the Get Fair/TCC group did not just go away but continued to hold meetings with the Leader of the county Council and his officers definitely had the impact that they could no longer just say that they were looking into the problem but had to do something about it. The Deeside Get Fair/TCC group have been without doubt instrumental in getting the County Council to now re-design two loading laybys into bus stops which is certainly helping to alleviate some of the traffic congestion on Shotton High Street. This is a very good outcome for Shotton and Get Fair/TCC but there is still more work to be done.