Concerns over Ystradgynlais hill
CONCERNS for safety on a steep Upper Swansea Valley hill have been raised following the opening of a new supermarket.
Members of Ystradgynlais Town Council were asked to support a call for measures to be taken to improve the safety on Farteg Hill which links the Upper Swansea and Dulais valleys.
Councillor Rob Curry said that there had been a visible increase of traffic using the raid since Asda opened a new 3,000 square-metre super store on the former Dewhirst factory site in near by Ystalyfera last year hot on the heels of a new Tesco store in neighbouring Glanrhyd.
Mr Curry added that the stores may be contributing to traffic using Varteg Hill by enticing shoppers from the Crynant and Seven sisters area over the mountain to shop.
Councillors were also reminded that the 1st Swansea Valley Scouts have their HQ on the hill.
He said: “The road was never built for the volume of traffic.
“When I went to the consultation for the supermarket I asked about the hill and extra traffic and they just told me they hadn’t though of it!
“Do we really need to wait until somebody is seriously hurt or, God forbid, killed on the road.
“I ask that the traffic boys look at it and come up with some suggestions.”
Councillors also said that there is also a small bridge near the bottom of the hill that had seen better days.
A spokesman for Powys Council said: “We haven’t recieve any concerns from Ystradgynlais Town Coucil as soon as we do we can ask out highways department to take a look at the situation.”