CHECKPOINT February 1984
Villagers: resigned but not indifferent
THERE IS AN air of resignation in Henllys Village as the corporation finalise their plans to build a huge housing estate that will surround the community.
MR Tom Jude, a member of Henllys Community Council, explained that the council's main aim now is to make sure the development takes place according to plan, and does not disrupt the village community. Clearly, there is nothing more they can do.
Almost everyone I spoke to felt that the expansion could have a dramatic effect on the community. At the moment there are strong ties between the villagers, and they are naturally apprehensive about large numbers of strangers who will descend on them.
"Everybody here knows each other," one woman told me. " We're just like one big family."
This is an important factor in explaining why they do not have any vandalism, although the occasional motor cyclist speeds through the village causing some annoyance.
But not all the villagers were pessimistic about the future. Some feel that they could well benefit from having more people around. They would almost certainly get a better bus service as a result, and there is even talk of a small shopping centre being built which would be particularly helpful to pensioners.
Probably the person who would benefit the most would be Mr Brian Morgan of the Dorallt Inn, who is hoping to get more customers when the local population starts to rise. He does have mixed feelings however, since the character of the 350year old pub could well be spoilt if it has to be extended, and it could lose a lot of its "olde world" atmosphere.
The possible increase in traffic was a considerable cause for concern among all villagers, largely because Henllys children are not used to much traffic.
"Of course, there will be special play areas," Mrs Angela Saunders, the secretary of a former protest group said. " But children, being children, like playing on the roads." She added that there would also be no footpaths on the road through the village.
The headmaster of Henllys Junior and Infants School, Mr Eric Atkin said that traffic around the school would not be a problem for his pupils. If anything, it would be less of a problem.
If the existing road up to the village is closed
below the school the area will actually be quieter but it is not yet known whether the corporation intend to do this.