Petition started against car park plans in Llanelli's Parc Howard
A GREAT-grandmother who has raised concerns over plans for a car park in a popular Llanelli attraction has started a petition against the proposal.
Pat Morris, of Old Road, contacted the Evening Post last month to highlight the dangers she felt would come from a car park being built at Parc Howard in the town.
The plans have been proposed by Carmarthenshire Council in conjunction with the Parc Howard Association, who have reassured people that it is “just one idea” in a wider vision at the moment.
Secretary of the association, Barbara Willis, encouraged people to attend a meeting at the Athenaeum Hall on March 2, adding: “We know it is a contentious issue but nothing has been decided.”
But Mrs Morris, whose three-year-old great-granddaughter uses the park, has approached schools and set up an e-petition against the proposals.
She said: “My concerns regarding safety are mainly on behalf of all the mothers coming to our park with all the usual paraphernalia — pushchairs, scooters, trikes and such.
“I've done it for three generations of children myself. When they arrive at Parc Howard gates, because parking in Old Road is usually available they are relieved to put the children down to run into the park with the reassurance that there will be no traffic coming their way.”
So far, 33 people have signed an e-petition, with Ysgol Gyfyn y Strade, Old Road School, Ysgol Dewi Sant and Furnace taking the petitions on board.
Mrs Morris, former owner of independent children’s clothing store Children’s Choice, also called on PTA members of Llanelli schools to get in touch, or visit the e-petition at www.petitionbuzz.com/petitions/parc
Also included in the plans are a new woodland school and study area, improvement to cycling links and an upgraded children’s play area, including a Splash Pad instead of a paddling pool. The plans have been put together as part of a Heritage Lottery Fund bid.