Port Talbot councillors call for speed bump proposals to be reconsidered
THREE Port Talbot councillors are calling for proposals to introduce speed bumps along Margam Road to be reconsidered.
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 — which is nearing completion — to encourage people to use the new relief road.
Taibach councillors Anthony Taylor and John Rogers, along with Margam councillor Bob Jones, have expressed their reservations about the planned scheme.
Mr Taylor said: "We fully support the new Harbour Way development which will ease congestion problems at peak times in the town and open up vast tracts of previously unused and derelict land for much needed investment.
"However, any changes to the existing road system in Port Talbot need to be more carefully thought out in terms of the impact that they will have on local residents and traders."
Mr Rogers said it would be useful to see how things go when Harbour Way is fully opened.
"We can then use hard evidence to assess what, if any, measures are needed once we have some concrete experience to base it on," he said.
"The reaction locally to speed bumps along the main road has been one of opposition and the authority needs to take on board their concerns in the right and proper manner."
Mr Jones said he is encouraging residents to have their say about the plans.
"It is clear though, even at this early stage, that these proposals need to be looked at again and that the opinions of residents and local business people be taken fully into account," he said.
He added that they have already spoken to council officers and put them in the picture as to their feelings.
A council spokesman said: "The members' objections have been noted and will be considered as part of the current public consultation process which ends on the August 23."