Con­cerns yel­low lines are set to be made per­ma­nent

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LLANELLI MP Nia Grif­fith and AM Lee Wa­ters have wel­comed Car­marthen­shire Coun­cil’s de­ci­sion to scrap pro­pos­als to in­tro­duce pay and display park­ing at the ‘Fish­er­man’s’ car park in Pem­brey.

How­ever, they have ex­pressed deep con­cerns about the coun­cil’s plan to make the dou­ble yel­low lines in the sur­round­ing area per­ma­nent.

The coun­cil’s de­ci­sion to paint yel­low lines on roads around Pem­brey Coun­try Park by the coun­cil last year pro­voked op­po­si­tion from lo­cal res­i­dents, who have al­ways en­joyed free ac­cess to the area of nat­u­ral beauty, and the politi­cians are call­ing for the de­ci­sion to make these lines per­ma­nent to be kept un­der re­view.

Ms Grif­fith said: “It is good news that the plans for pay and display at the Fish­er­man’s car park have been dropped, and I pay tribute to all res­i­dents who spoke up for keep­ing free beach ac­cess.

“How­ever, I am very con­cerned about the de­ci­sion to make per­ma­nent the dou­ble yel­low lines that were in­tro­duced last year with­out proper con­sul­ta­tion and against the wishes of many lo­cal peo­ple, as they may prove counter-pro­duc­tive in some places.

“There is also the ques­tion of the park­ing charges that the coun­cil has pro­posed at other coun­try and beach car park­ing spots across Car­marthen­shire, which I be­lieve are puni­tive and mis­guided.

“Fol­low­ing the meet­ing that Lee Wa­ters AM and I had with coun­cil of­fi­cers and the ex­ec­u­tive board mem­ber re­spon­si­ble for this, we’ve had re­as­sur­ances that the views of the pub­lic will be taken into ac­count. Lee and I will keep up pres­sure on the coun­cil to lis­ten to res­i­dents on this.”

Mr Wa­ters added: “Nia and I wanted to make sure that lo­cal de­ci­sion mak­ers heard what lo­cal peo­ple think about the ar­bi­trary de­ci­sion to paint bright yel­low lines down a quiet road and all over an in­for­mal car park that has been used by gen­er­a­tions of peo­ple from the area to ac­cess the beach and coun­try­side in Pem­brey.

“We made a se­ries of prac­ti­cal sug­ges­tions to try and find a way for­ward, and I’m pleased the coun­cil seem to have re­sponded pos­i­tively. We now need to make sure that charges aren’t put in place else­where and dou­ble yel­low lines aren’t ex­tended. So we look for­ward to hear­ing back from the Car­marthen­shire coun­cil­lors on the ex­ec­u­tive board on their plans for ac­cess to the beach across the area.” A NEW group has been set up in Car­marthen­shire with the aim of get­ting men talk­ing about prostate cancer.

The Car­marthen­shire Friends of Prostate Cymru meet ev­ery two months in Car­marthen, but or­gan­is­ers are ea­ger to ar­range talks with work­places, or­gan­i­sa­tions and groups to raise aware­ness of prostate is­sues and sup­port fundrais­ing in the re­gion.

Andy Brown, of the group, said: “As part of Prostate Cymru’s pub­lic ed­u­ca­tion ini­tia­tive, we are of­fer­ing work­place talks to help em­ploy­ees learn more about healthy habits and early de­tec­tion of prostate dis­ease.

“Men learn about the risk and what ac­tion to take if wor­ried about a prostate prob­lem, women and younger staff get the vi­tal in­for­ma­tion to pass on to fam­ily and friends who need to know the facts.”

Any­one wish­ing to or­gan­ise a talk can con­tact Prostate Cymru on 029 2034 0029 or email cather­ine.fel­[email protected] prostate­

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