Fresh attempts to get pedestrian crossing at Llandybie

NEW HOPE? Efforts to get a pedestrian crossing stretch back several years.

NEW HOPE? Efforts to get a pedestrian crossing stretch back several years.

First published in Ammanford news

LLANDYBIE community councillors have pledged to renew their efforts to try and get a pedestrian crossing on the busy A483 in the village.

Such a scheme has been discussed for the past 15 years, but now councillors hope to get a crossing under the government-backed scheme Safe Routes in the Community.

Cllr Anthony Davies suggested to colleagues that – following repeated failed attempts in the past – it was time the council changed tack.

"We've been trying to get this crossing for so long that perhaps it's time for a different approach," he told them. "The Safe Routes in The Community is county council-run and would be in partnership with the community council as well as Llandybie Primary School.

Cllr Davies said if the council could match-fund it would be "the carrot to put in front of them". He added: "I want to try another way to see if we can finally get this crossing."

His fellow county councillor Anthony Jones agreed that the case for a crossing would inevitably be strengthened "morally and financially" by the community council's support, with both he and Cllr Davies acting as community co-ordinators.

Cllr Jones added that while such a crossing at Heol Gwilym would cost £25-30,000 there was also a case for providing another on Blaenau Road as there were two entrances to the school.

Cllr David Hopkins said: "I cannot over-emphasis the danger of that spot, especially in winter when the sun is in drivers' eyes.

"If there's anything which can save a life we have to try it – if the South Wales Trunk Road Agency do not agree to this at least our own consciences will be clear."

Cllr Alun Davies disclosed he was trying to get a safe route established at Capel Hendre Square. "People are walking to school from Lotwen Road," he said. "On some days it's like Russian roulette there and I have raised my concerns with the Head of Services."

It was agreed to support the scheme subject to costings being confirmed.

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9:31am Fri 2 May 14

Meirion says...

Brilliant! Back on the table again.
I can confirm that this essential need for a crossing was a priority thirty years ago.
The Health and Safety arm of Dyfed Powys Police said it was a priority in 2008.
A former Director of Education said and it was fully reported in the Guardian in 2004/5. So where is this Crossing.
It was resurrected a few years ago. And now again, where is it?????
Irrespective of the school closing as has been widely reported in the media, even if it serves an extension to future executive development: it is a public safety issue.
Brilliant! Back on the table again. I can confirm that this essential need for a crossing was a priority thirty years ago. The Health and Safety arm of Dyfed Powys Police said it was a priority in 2008. A former Director of Education said and it was fully reported in the Guardian in 2004/5. So where is this Crossing. It was resurrected a few years ago. And now again, where is it????? Irrespective of the school closing as has been widely reported in the media, even if it serves an extension to future executive development: it is a public safety issue. Meirion
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9:35am Fri 2 May 14

Meirion says...

Apologise for unfinished ommission in previous comment: - A former Director of Education said that Llandybie Primary School had the worst school entrance in Carmarthenshire and it was fully reported in the Guardian in 2004/5.
He visited the site and met with Governors. He allocated funds for improving parking facilities. Where is that money now?
Apologise for unfinished ommission in previous comment: - A former Director of Education said that Llandybie Primary School had the worst school entrance in Carmarthenshire and it was fully reported in the Guardian in 2004/5. He visited the site and met with Governors. He allocated funds for improving parking facilities. Where is that money now? Meirion
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