2nd July 2022

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Council’s school plans ‘precluded potential parking problems’ on George Street

LLANELLI Online received a letter today, Friday (May 4) containing a DVD with a film and photographs of what the sender described as chaos on George Street in Llanelli.

The DVD contained film footage showing cars parked on wither side of the pavement and parents pushing buggies along the road.

Reference was also made to the recent fire in George Street and the difficulties faced in trying to access the road.

County Councillor Louvain Roberts who lives on the road said:

“It is chaos here most days. We asked for the parking and access issues to be taken into account during the planning process. That was done through all of the ward councillors including Winston Lemon and Jeff Owen. We did not get what we asked for. We have since been told that when the Delta Lakes Centre has been built we will get some money to sort out the road system around the school.

“We have also tried without success to get a meeting with the school. The police have been here today and on a number of other occasions. They cannot be expected to stand and monitor a road all day every day. The whole of Carmarthenshire has problems with illegal parking, they would be inundated.

Concerned: Cllr Louvain Roberts (centre)

“I live here and I have cameras on the front and rear of my home. The police have used footage from the cameras. We need urgent intervention before someone gets hurt. We will be trying to call another meeting as a matter of urgency.”

We contacted Carmarthenshire County Council to ask if they would be monitoring the situation and if they would concede that the problem was as a result of their plans for the school and not insisting on measures to account for the traffic and parking issues?

Cllr Hazel Evans, executive board member for environment, said: “The safety of children and pedestrians is paramount and we would urge people to drive and park safely and considerately during the school drop-off and pick-up times.

“Ysgol Pen Rhos was designed with sufficient car parking space for staff and visitors and a designated parent drop-off area is also available on the school site. A traffic impact assessment and travel plan was also included in the planning process for the new school which included a new one-way system on George Street, introduced to limit traffic movements to one direction, and safer pedestrian crossing points.”

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