A MUM who lives in the middle of a roundabout has revealed why it’s a strange place to live – including the worst part.
Most roundabouts in the UK probably feature a few trees and bushes, an array of signposts and possibly even some artwork.
But one in Wales comes with an entire block of flats.
It’s located in Penywaun, between Aberdare and Hirwaun just south of the A465 Heads of the Valleys Road.
Slap bang in the middle of a roundabout joining Lawrence Avenue to the west with Arfryn to the north and south sits the Waunllwyd flats.
The block of flats makes a slightly unusual sight, with paths leading down from four sections of the roundabout.
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There are nine flats in the block in total, two of which have entrances at 'street level'and the remaining seven being behind the usual locked door with a buzzer.
One resident, named Chelsea, spoke to WalesOnline about what it's like living in the flats: "It's a bit strange. I've lived here for two years, and you just get used to it."
Chelsea has a young daughter, and said it was "hard work" living on the roundabout, worrying about the traffic coming towards it at speed.
"The cars come down the hill at a pace, she said, "and the school buses too, because there's a comprehensive nearby, so there's about 10 school buses."
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Chelsea said she wouldn't want to let her daughter play outside near the road, and "can't wait" to move somewhere else when she has her second child.
As it's a roundabout, there isn't a formal road crossing, and cars can't be parked on the kerb next to the flats.
In November last year, The Sun revealed the lives of a family who live on a roundabout, who said they would never leave.
Life on the roundabout on the A525 from Rhyl to Ruthin in Denbighshire "does get busy at times", said Clwyd Howatson, 64, who has lived there for most of his life, now with his wife and son.
He said he had gotten used to living there and one advantage was that his family didn’t have to worry about the neighbours.
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