Businesses hit by funeral traffic
PEOPLE in Cardiff have reacted furiously over how the police and council handled the closing of a busy road due to a funeral for a member of the traveller community.
The Chief Constable of South Wales Police has said that officers faced more than 50 vehicles obstructing Rover Way and that they put public safety first.
He has said that the force will look for lessons and review evidence to consider whether “enforcement” should have been used.
But it comes too late for businesses that say they lost thousands of pounds due to the closure of Rover Way, one of the main roads into the Welsh capital, which was closed more than 18 hours ahead of Thursday morning’s funeral for Wesley Sykes.
Drivers also saw 15-minute journeys turn into frustrating trips of more than two hours. One man, who has run a local haulage business for 25 years, said he was still calculating the losses.
“It runs into the thousands,” said the business owner who did not wish to be named.