Clearing the air over latest work to ease town pollution crisis
DROP-IN sessions to explain the work being carried out to stop Llandeilo choking on vehicle fumes are being held next week.
More than 1,500 letters have been sent out to residents from Carmarthenshire Council's head of public protection, Philip Davies, giving the times and locations of the events.
People in Llandeilo have been campaigning for action for nearly 50 years for a bypass to help improve air quality there.
Executive board member for transport and engineering Colin Evans called on the community to rally and give their views about the council's draft action plan for improving air quality.
He said: "The drop-ins are to allow for more community interaction and for people to see for themselves the pollution levels at Rhosmaen Street and parts of Bridge Street.
"We had a wonderful opportunity to assess these levels with the closure of the A483 trunk road that graphically highlights — before and after closure — the pollution levels caused by traffic there.
"I would also say it has been especially reassuring to have received in writing the good news from Economy Minister Edwina Hart this spring that work on the by-pass will start in two years to help overcome the issues for this traffic choked community."
In 2011 the county council designated an Air Quality Management Area within Llandeilo stretching from the A40 roundabout in the north and down to Fairfach roundabout in the south following the route of the A483(T) road.
Air pollution surveys over that time have shown in parts of the community pollution levels have far exceeded EU limits.
Mr Davies said: "Since then, we along with other key partner stake-holders, have developed a draft action plan containing a range of proposals that may help reduce the traffic pollution levels within the air quality management area.
"We have launched a public consultation on the draft action plan and would be interested to hear views on it."
The drop-in sessions will be located at The YFC Hall on Bethlehem Road in Ffairfach from September 9 to 13 from noon to 2.00pm, and then 5.00pm to 7.00pm (except Thursday evening).
From Monday September 16 to 20 there will be another drop-in centre at 99, Rhosmaen Street which again will be open from noon to 2pm and then 5pm to 7pm.