Llanelli AM Waters on parking plans at Pembrey
TOWARDS the end of last summer Carmarthenshire County Council decided to lay down miles of yellow lines across Pembrey Country Park, and at the same time announced plans to introduce car parking charges at Fisherman’s car park.
When the land in Pembrey was saved from the Ministry of Defence back in the 1950s locals were assured that they’d be able to use the roads to get to the sea and forest.
When the fees were introduced, this was threatened and people were faced with losing easy and cost-free access to our beautiful countryside – something we’ve enjoyed for generations.
Nia Griffith MP and I immediately made it clear to the council that we opposed the decision. We called a public meeting in Pembrey, and have since had regular meetings with the council to press home the concerns and feedback that people had about the decision to restrict access.
We’ve managed to make progress, with the pay and display facility at Fisherman’s car park being removed.
The council is also planning to put in place new parking bays for horse boxes and their towing vehicles following feedback from the community.
This is a significant win for everyone who uses this car park.
There are still worries though.
The council has stuck to its plans to put in place double yellow lines along the access road, and it’s still not clear whether measures that restrict access that have been put in elsewhere along the coast will be reversed.
I’ve made it clear to the council that we need to ensure that we’re all able to access the coast.
I think we can all accept that there is a need to make sure that emergency service vehicles can access the coastal path and other areas quickly and easily.
There’s also a debate to be had about ensuring that these areas aren’t swamped with vehicles parking inappropriately.
We can’t use a sledgehammer to crack a nut though.
I’m committed to ensuring access to the outdoors for everyone in the area.