Dear Editor, I have seen your article on Pembrey parking restrictions and would like to tell you that these parking restrictions affect horse riders more than anyone else because we have lawful access to the road to the beach which is a public right of way (byway) yet the parking we have used has been restricted with yellow lines.
We used to park at the carpark by the football pitches which is pay and display. We have no problem with paying if everyone else does but the carpark is unsuitable for equestrian vehicles.
We are too long and require access to load and unload a horse so need extra width. The area we used to park is outside this car park which now has yellow lines. It allows us to turn round safely and causes no obstructions to other users and no risk of horses damaging other vehicles.
Where as cars can pay to access the park, riders are not permitted in the park so riders who have a permit to access the forestry cannot park other than in the football field car park.
A number of riders have complained to the council that they are being discriminated against and the parking restrictions are preventing riders access to areas they have lawful access to when there are very few bridleways in the area.
It would be nice for our issues to be known so that other users of the carpark are aware that we have no choice but to park where we do and that we need room to manoeuvre so parking close is not helping us.
Regards, Karen Burch
Carmarthenshire Riders Group