Campaigners' speed bump battle victory
PEOPLE power has won the day in Margam, as campaigners celebrate a U-turn in plans for 16 speed bumps.
Protesters have been opposing the proposals for the traffic calming measures along Margam Road since August.
And now the group — which includes traders, councillors and residents — are welcoming news that the controversial scheme will not go ahead.
Councillors Anthony Taylor, John Rogers and Robert Jones helped to lead the fight against the plans and met with Neath Port Talbot Council's highways officers last month to make direct representations on behalf of residents.
Margam councillor Mr Jones described the news as a victory for the community and for those who worked hard to respond to the consultation, adding: "We will keep a close eye on things and if any problems arise in future then we will ensure that they are dealt with in a way that is in tune with the needs of local people and local businesses.
"However, the speed bumps plan was ill considered so I am glad that they will be left on the drawing board instead of disrupting daily life."
Mr Taylor, Taibach councillor, said: "The council consulted on the imposition of speed bumps along that stretch of the A48 and have listened carefully to the strongly held views submitted,
"Elected members, residents and local business owners have been united in opposition to this plan and I am pleased that we have managed to prevent it from going ahead."
His ward colleague, Mr Rogers, added: "Common sense has prevailed. Right from the start, it was clear that speed bumps were the wrong solution to a problem that we are not even certain even exists yet.
"Harbour Way has now been open for a few weeks and is making a big difference in reducing congestion along Margam Road and through Taibach already. Drivers are being sensible and we need to see how the situation pans out."
Dave Griffiths, head of engineering and transport, said that following the response, the Council was working on a revised scheme for road safety measures.