GLANAMAN residents and a local police officer have joined forces to tackle a speeding issue which is blighting the lives of locals.

Cwmaman Road has seen at least three road traffic collisions in the last six weeks alone.

One incident, near the former Farmers Arms pub, involved a car ending up on its roof, half way into a resident’s front garden.

A group of residents have decided enough is enough, and have enlisted the help of their police community support officer to lobby the council to tackle the issue.

Contrary to residents concerns however, Cllr Hazel Evans, executive board member for environment, has said that vehicle speeds have reduced.

She said: “Automatic traffic counters placed in the area indicate that vehicle speeds have reduced since traffic calming cushions were installed and are now below the speed limit.”

Resident, June Davies, said speeds haven’t reduced and residents are struggling more than ever to cross the road.

“There is a little elderly lady who crosses the road every day to catch a bus into Ammanford.

“She often misses it because the cars are driving so fast.”

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There is a 50mph speed restriction on Pontamman Road before it becomes Cwmaman Road, on the approach to Glanaman from Ammanford. The speed limit then drops from 40mph to 30mph on entering the residential area.

Officer Dayton Hughes fears the problem is getting worse.

He said: “The Police Road Traffic Unit is aware of the problem and will target the area with cameras.

“The Neighbourhood Police team are also in the process of arrange a community speed watch group which we need more residents to be involved in.”

In an effort to encourage motorists to use a safe speed in the area, police and local ward councillor David Jenkins have contacted the council to to take action.

Cllr Jenkins said: "I have been in contact with relevant officers from the authority who will be undertaking taking the necessary traffic speed monitoring action at this location to establish the actual extent of the problem so that informed decisions can be made as to what will be the most appropriate speed calming measures applicable to these locations.

"Once the proposed speed calming options are known I will, in conjunction with relevant officers, carry out a consultation process in the locality to gauge public opinion in respect of proposals put forward.