One of Wales’ most scenic views has been spoiled after a road sign was erected within metres of a historic tearoom, its owner has claimed.
The owner of the family-run tea room in the town of Llanrwst, north Wales, has criticised the decision to put up a new sign on the bridge over the River Conwy. Tim Maddox, 54, has owned the Tu Hwnt i’r Bont tearoom with his wife Ayla for the last 16 years.
The grade II listed building dates back to the 15th century where it was used as a court house, but was turned into a tearoom more than 50 years ago.
It is a popular attraction with photographers, in part due to the virginia creeper plant which completely covers the building and changes colour in autumn.
However, Mr Maddox says a “prominent” road sign erected ahead of the National Eisteddfod festival in August has ruined the picturesque scene.
A road sign was previously placed on the other side of the bridge, away from the view of the many photographers who visit to capture the view.
However, this sign was removed and replaced with a new larger sign telling drivers approaching the River Conwy from the south to give priority to oncoming traffic.
Mr Maddox is calling for the sign to be moved further back along the road, near where warning lights are already in place to urge drivers to slow down on the bridge.
A spokeswoman for Conwy council said the sign was necessary following concerns over traffic safety on the bridge, but that it would consider alternative proposals.