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Llanelli AM Wa­ters on park­ing plans at Pem­brey

Llanelli Star - - NEWS -

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.

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