Port Talbot traders call for council rethink on speed bumps
UNHAPPY traders and residents have joined together to fight against speed bumps proposed for Margam Road.
A petition with 200 signatures along with around 40 letters and many calls and emails have been sent to Neath Port Talbot Council calling for it to rethink traffic calming measures.
The authority 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.
Marco Tambini, who owns the Express Cafe at Tollgate Shops, said all the traders in the area feared that the road changes would affect passing trade.
"Nobody wants them," he said. "We fear it would kill off trade.
"As well as the petition, other residents have also send in their own letters, emails and have been phoning the council.
"I feel happy that everyone has come together to try and do their best to prevent this from happening.
"I hope the council listen to us."
All sections of the £107 million Harbour Way relief road are now accessible — but further work still needs to be done before the official opening which will take place in mid-October.
Taibach councillors Anthony Taylor and John Rogers, along with Margam councillor Rob Jones, have expressed their reservations about the planned scheme.
Mr Rogers said he feared the people of Margam and Taibach will loose out if the speed bumps go ahead.
"The message to the council is quite clear — think again," he said.
Mr Jones said the cost of the measures are included in the Harbour Way project.
"If we don't spend it, the money will go into that void," he said. "I would rather the money spent on road safety issues."
In a previous statement a council spokesperson said the members objections had been noted and will be considered as part of the public consultation process, which ended on Friday.
The spokesman added that although local authorities are only required to publicise such changes through advertisements placed in the local press, the council completed a letter drop to the most affected residents.
He said: "As such, 160 letters were sent to the properties in the immediate vicinity of the proposed humps.
"The local members were also notified."