SOME of the double yellow lines put down on roads leading to car parks near Pembrey Country Park and Cefn Sidan beach are to be removed.
The lines were painted as part of an experimental order to minimise parking obstructions and damage to verges being caused by a growing number of vehicles using the area.
During the summer upwards of 50 cars have been observed parking on the verges there, causing concern for the Ramsar area of the estuary, which is designated as a Wetlands of International Importance, and the dunes structure, which are designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest.
Although the majority of the lines will stay for the remainder of the 12-month experimental period, some of those laid at an area known as Fisherman’s car park – a small parking area with direct access to the beach – are to be removed following a contractor error.
This area will instead be designated as a pay and display car park.
Following feedback, an area on Factory Road – the main road way leading to Pembrey Country Park – will be provided to allow for horse boxes to be parked there.
The Experimental Order prohibits parking on the roadway from the railway bridge in Pembrey down to the entrance to Pembrey Country Park and from the small car park down the single track road to the sand dunes.
Ian Jones, Head of Leisure, said: “There are a number of reasons why we have taken this course of action, but most important is to protect the environment from the growing number of vehicles that are parking on the verges.
“This is an Experimental Order with opportunity for people to make representations if they object.”
Local resident Peter A Tully said: “The car park has been used by locals for decades. It seems that the county council are hell bent on removing local facilities that are unprofitable to the quangos that run the Millennium coastal park and the country park.
“Having already narrowed Factory Road and starting to charge for parking at the football fields car park, it seems that the county council feel that they can exclude any one who lives in Pembrey.
“This is a sad day for the community. There has never been any consultation.”
There is a meeting on Saturday 6 Oct at the church hall. Our MP, county councillors and Town councillors will be in attendance.
The Experimental Order can be inspected at the council’s Customer Service Centres, at 3 Spilman Street, Carmarthen, and at The Hub Stepney Street, Llanelli. It is also available to view online: https://goo.gl/RYHQjx
After an initial 12-month period the council will consider whether the provisions of the Order are to be continued in force indefinitely.
Anyone who wants to object to the making of a permanent Order, on the terms of the Experimental Order, should send the grounds for their objection in writing to the Head of Administration and Law at Carmarthenshire County Council, County Hall, Carmarthen, SA31 1JP, by January 18, 2019.
Members of the public can choose to pay and display at a number of convenient car parks, or buy a season ticket if they’re regular users of the car parks along the Millennium Coastal Park.
A season ticket is £35 a year, just 9p a day, and covers all car parks along the Millennium Coastal Park.
Tickets can be purchased at the visitor centre, Pembrey Country Park and North Dock Discovery Centre.