Port Talbot Chamber of Trade to support Margam traders' speed bump fight
PORT Talbot Chamber of Trade has given its full backing to traders fighting against proposed speed bumps in Margam.
Neath Port Talbot Council is planning to place speed cushions at 16 locations between the Twelve Knights pub and Woodfield Street.
It is part of the Harbour Way scheme to encourage people to use the new relief road.
Councillors, residents and businesses have already handed in a petition with 200 signatures along with letters opposing the new traffic measures.
Chamber president Steve Garvey said if the speed bumps were put in it would make Margam "a no-go area".
He said: "No-one has thought about the traders who need the passing trade on Margam Road.
"The reason is they want to persuade people from coming through Margam.
"All the way down to Taibach people are trying to make a living.
"We give the traders our 100 per cent support to make sure they are there for another 70 years.
"We have to make a stand to make sure they don't come next year.
"We all see what the speed bumps do along the beach."
Mr Garvey said the traffic measures were not needed.
"There is no reason to do this," he said. "We still have a smooth flow of traffic.
"You have got Margam Road and now Harbour Way if there is an accident on the M4.
"Harbour Way is great, but as an add-on."
Marco Tambini, who owns the Express Cafe at Tollgate Shops, is one of several traders who fear that the speed bumps will kill trade.
He said he wanted to thank the chamber for it's support.
"It has helped our cause," he said.
Taibach councillors Anthony Taylor and John Rogers, along with Margam councillor Rob Jones, have also expressed their reservations about the planned scheme.
A council spokesman said: "As part of the Harbour Way scheme, proposals for traffic calming have been included for Margam Road, to encourage through traffic to use the new road when it opens.
"The proposals were included in a public consultation process which ended on Friday.
"All comments received will be considered."