Assembly Member Adam Price has this week gained an assurance from a Welsh Government Transport Official that the proposed new and enhanced waiting restrictions along the A483 in Llandybie and Ffairfach would unlikely go ahead if the communities were strongly opposed.
On Monday, the Plaid Cymru AM met with an Official from the Welsh Government's Department for Transport to discuss speeding along the A40 at Rhosmaen where he took the opportunity to raise concerns on behalf of Llandybie and Ffairfach residents who are opposed to the proposed parking restrictions.
Community and County Councillors have been asked to respond to an informal consultation which would prohibit parking outside of local properties – a move elected representatives believe would only serve to increase speeding through the villages.
During his meeting Mr Price raised the point that no rationale has been provided to local residents for the proposed changes, and that the local communities appeared to be strongly opposed to any change.
The Welsh Government's Transport Official outlined the reasons behind the proposals but stressed that the proposals would be subject to a full and public consultation and that local opinion would weigh heavily on the final decision.
Speaking after the meeting at his office in the National Assembly, Adam Price AM said:
"I've been able to present concerns on behalf of my constituents - the majority of whom appear to have very strong opinions against the new parking restrictions.
"The Transport Official outlined to me that these proposed measures follow a review of safety along the A483 which was undertaken a few years ago. This review includes data on the number of incidents in the area, the number of concerns raised and, of course, the funding which is available.
"I have received an assurance today that local opinion will be a heavily weighted factor in deciding whether or not to proceed with these proposals. It is likely that should the community and county councils oppose the changes, the Welsh Government would not proceed with its plan. This will undoubtedly be a significant reassurance to the two communities.
"Along with my constituency colleague, Jonathan Edwards MP, I will be working with local councillors and residents to ensure their voice is heard by the Welsh Government and plans can be amended or dropped accordingly."