Eager children face danger from lorries outside Llanelli play centre
CHILDREN have been dicing with death — dodging in front of articulated lorries to get to a play centre in Llanelli, a councillor has warned.
After witnessing the dangers herself Tegwen Devichand is appealing to parents of children to keep them safe while visiting Play King in Dafen.
She has also taken steps to ensure traffic parking restrictions are imposed at Heol Copyn and enforced to help remove any dangers at the popular party venue.
Thousands of children have been attending Play King over the summer holidays causing problems on the road because it is sited on an industrial site used by many heavy goods lorries.
The car park outside the centre quickly fills up and the problem is being caused by parents and guardians who tend to park on the road serving the industrial estate to drop off the children.
The 20,000sq ft indoor play centre is housed in an industrial warehouse for children up 12 years. It has a separate sports area and a toddler's activity area. Mrs Devichand said Play King was a tremendous success and was providing hours of fun for children.
She said: "It has been attracting families with children from as far as Swansea.
"I have had to ask our transport officers to act quickly because of the risk to so many children getting to the centre which is in the middle of a busy industrial estate.
"Once inside this magic kingdom of play is entirely safe with so much to do.
"It is a tremendous facility and has been a huge bonus for families looking for something the children to do, especially over the holidays.
"But there is a huge problem with heavy commercial traffic passing or attempting to pass vehicles parked by parents and guardians destined for Play King.
"I have seen children excitedly running across the road and along the road from a parked car to the Play King site while mum, dad or their guardian is on the mobile.
"They naturally want to get in and have fun as soon as possible. Their parents should be in strict control at this time.
"Articulated vehicles cannot pass vehicles parked without any consideration for the fact that Play King is located in a prosperous industrial estate."
After meeting with Play King management and the managing directors of four businesses on the industrial estate Mrs Devichand and county traffic officers have agreed to introduce prohibition of waiting to avoid danger to road users and maintain free passage traffic.