Parking restrictions to come into force to stop roads being blocked

The area’s waterfalls attract a high number of visitors every year

By Elgan Hearn   |   Local democracy reporter   |
Thursday 4th August 2022 8:30 am
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One of the many waterfalls near Ystradfellte (Unsplash )

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Parking restrictions are set to come into force at a section of road that crosses the river Neath, in the very southern tip of Powys.

It is hoped that this move will curb the blight of “inconsiderate parking” which can block road in this part of Powys.

A number of waterfalls nearby attract visitors and the numbers have increased over the last couple of years due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Under delegated powers, on Tuesday August 2, cabinet member for a connected Powys, Cllr Jake Berriman took the decision to put in place the traffic order which allows the parking restrictions to be implemented.

This will restrict parking on Heol Calch at an area called Pont Melin Fach near Ystradfellte.

Pont Melin Fach map
Pont Melin Fach: The red area is where the parking restrictions will be in place (PCC )

Highways engineer Jo Lancey said: “Implementing additional parking restrictions to those introduced last year will help prevent inconsiderate parking in the unrestricted narrow sections of the C0193 at Pont Melin Fach.

“The high volume of visitors to the area narrow these sections further, preventing the passage of many vehicles, especially from the emergency services.

“There have been areas of restrictions implemented and advertised on the C0180, but Pont Melin Fach has become a major problem as the car park has very limited spaces and when its full.”

Ms Lancey explained that this has seen people park their vehicles along the road, effectively blocking the highway to others who want to get past.

Ms Lancey added: “Making the changes will mean that the councils civil enforcement officers as well as police will have the authority to issue fixed penalty notices to any drivers ignoring the restrictions.”

Powys County Councillor for the area David Thomas who is also the cabinet member for finance has welcomed the move.

Cllr Thomas said: “I am aware of instances when emergency services and residents have been impacted by inconsiderate parking by visitors on the narrow section at Pont Melin Fach.

“With visitor numbers increasing year on year, I would welcome any measures that would ease congestion on this piece of road.”

The decision will come into force on Wednesday, August 10, unless the proposal is called in for scrutiny.

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