Parking ban on Cimla Road moves closer
A PARKING ban is set to be introduced along a busy Neath road where residents are struggling to drive out of side streets safely.
Council highways chiefs have decided to introduce no waiting at any time on a stretch of Cimla Road on the advice of police and local authority safety experts.
Neath Port Talbot originally put forward the proposals last May, but after objections it revised them and advertised them again.
Another letter of objection has since been received. Members of the environment and highways scrutiny committee were told specialist officers from the authority and from South Wales Police had carried out an independent assessment.
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Since then there had been two collisions at a junction of Cimla Road caused by poor visibility made worse by parked vehicles.
Council road safety manager Joy Smith took part in the inspection.
"Some of the residents had already highlighted that parking was causing road safety issues," she said.
"Traffic coming up the hill couldn't stay in its lane. Some vehicles had to go across into the central white markings, while others had to go further over again into the oncoming traffic lane.
"We are recommending that we put a no waiting at any time order along Cimla Road, from Cimla Crescent up to Poplar Avenue."
Councillors agreed to re-advertise the proposals to see if there were any further objections.
Neath South member Andrew Jenkins said: "We have two options.
''We can either try to please everybody. Or, having agreed there are road safety issues, we can tackle it.
"We may not be able to please everybody, but at the end of the day our priority should be the safety of the people using this road.
"Coming out of Hillside can be dangerous because people are speeding down Cimla Road, and there are cars parked on both sides."
Councillor Eddie Jones added: "I know what it's like, trying to negotiate this road, and how difficult it is getting out of Hillside and Cimla Crescent.
''I fully support this proposal," said Mr Jones.