Saturday, 7 November 2009

Speed signs welcome but they don't go far enough says AM

South Pembrokeshire AM Angela Burns has welcomed the news that Llandewi Velfrey is getting speed activated warning signs, but says it’s not enough to make the village safe.

Mrs Burns has been campaigning alongside villagers to get the pavement through the community widened and the speed limit dropped.

She helped them to collect a 154 signature petition which she handed in to the Welsh Assembly’s Petitions Committee on their behalf.

The committee is meeting on Tuesday (November 10) to discuss the issue.

In advance of the meeting the Deputy First Minister has said that speed activated warning signs will be put up in the village.

“This is a step in the right direction but it doesn’t go far enough,” said Mrs Burns.

“In their petition, the villagers asked for five specific things to make the road safer – speed cameras, flashing lights warning when school children are catching the bus, pavement widening and a reduction in the speed limit to 30mph.

“The Welsh Assembly Government has chosen to ignore all these requests and, I fear, is going for the cheapest option.

“I live nearby and walk down the pavement to the garage and use the junction off the main road every week – it’s simply terrifying as the pavement is so narrow and the traffic travels so fast.

“What the community really needs is a by-pass; something that has been promised for so many years. The Assembly Government says in its response to the petition that they won’t pursue potentially lengthy compulsory purchase orders of gardens to widen the pavement because “within a very few years a new trunk road could be in place”.

“However they told us in December last year that a by-pass won’t be on the books until at least 2014 and given their previous record on broken pledges, I for one won’t be holding my breath.

“That is simply too long for people to live with such a dangerous road.”


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