Action over parking in trade drive
NEW rules for parking in Pontardawe are being made clearer in a bid to encourage more shoppers to the town.
Neath Port Talbot Council introduced parking charges in the Swansea Valley town earlier this year, and although the first hour of parking remains free, concerns were raised that shoppers were being put off from visiting because there was inadequate signage to inform them of the free hour.
Also, drivers were not allowed back to the town's car park for 24 hours after a visit.
But Neath Port Talbot Council has addressed the issue, after they were raised by AM Byron Davies.
Mr Davies said: "Shopkeepers told me that they had seen motorists driving straight out when they saw the sign saying it was a pay and display car park. It is important to flag up the free first hour otherwise it would be a pointless gesture.
"And nobody was allowed back into the car park for 24 hours. As you have to input the car registration number, the machines were refusing to give a ticket if the driver had been in there less than 24 hours previously.
"That was madness. I am happy to say that the council has acted on both issues."
New signs have been placed at car park entrances and ticket machines altered to operate on a 12 hour clock instead of a 24 hour one.
No-one from NPT Council was available to comment.