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Residents asked for opinions this week as ‘Safer Routes’ scheme is proposed


RESIDENTS are being asked for their views on proposals by the council to create an environment for pedestrians and cyclists which is safer – The Safer Routes in Communities project. 

The Safer Routes in Communities project has been developed to help create a safer environment for pedestrians and cyclists by implementing cycle routes, cycle paths, traffic calming, and educational road safety initiatives.

Consultations will take place across four communities in Carmarthenshire – Whitland, Cwmamman, Pencader, and Rhos, Saron and Petre Cwrt.  They will also be directly consulting with local schools, town and community councils, and the local members.

Executive Board Member for the Environment Cllr Hazel Evans said: “The support and co-operation of the schools, businesses and local people is essential and it is important that they are involved in every stage of the project.

“Key to ensuring the long-term success of a Safe Routes in Communities project is ownership of the project’s aims and objectives by the schools taking part and the local community alike.”

The details of the scheme will be placed up on display boards in these areas to allow residents to speak their voice.  The comments that locals in the community put forward will form part of a bid to the Welsh Government for funding for the Safer Routes schemes which are due to be carried out 2016-2017.

Cllr Hazel Evans continued: “Any comments or issues raised will be considered as part of the ongoing development of the scheme and although it may not be possible to accommodate all suggestions, we will ensure that all responses/proposals are thoroughly investigated.”

As well as road safety, the council’s aim for this project is to shift users away from using their car for travel, in the hopes that there is alternate to certain journeys.  The project is hoping to result in reduced levels of congestions, improved air quality locally, and an improved street scene in relation to road safety.

The consultation is underway now until Friday, January 22 at Pencader Stores (Spar); Ysgol Y Bedol in Cwmamman (community room); The Hywel Dda Centre in Whitland and Daniel Davies & Sons Murco Petrol Station & Pet Store (Bargoed Stores) in Saron.

For further information please contact transport strategy and infrastructure engineer Nigel Skinner; email [email protected] or telephone 01267 228179.

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