Page last updated on 02/8/2011
Balanced view for and against dumping humps
THERE'S love 'em or hate 'em relationship with Burry Port residents and their 63 speed humps.
It has been a year since the town-wide scheme of 20mph zones and traffic calming was introduced.
Accidents have been all but eliminated. There have been two in 13-months where there were five between 2003 and 2008.
At a post scheme monitoring public meeting some residents attending asked for humps to be removed and an equal number for more humps to be installed.
Forty-eight attended Burry Port Memorial Hall with residents of Elkington Road asking for the number of humps in their street to be reduced.
However, residents in Heol Vaughan and Sea View Terrace were demanding they have them installed. Overall there was a balanced view for and against the humps for those to attended exhibition. Analysis has revealed that speeds on roads in Burry Port has been reduced by a third since the introduction of humps.
One resident Kathryn Evans, of Stepney Road said: "I would like to see fewer humps in Elkington Road and possibly resiting of others away from corners. But they clearly slow traffic down which is the intention."
County executive board member for transport services Cllr Philip Hughes said: "Officers were given a torrid time by a cohort of objectors of the humps who attending the public meeting early on. But strangely those attending later were for the humps and were asking for more in their streets.
"There was full consultation before these measurers were carried out after requests from local schools for safety to be improved and substantial funding provided by the Assembly to enable the work to be carried out.
"Obviously all views will be considered and a questionnaire is circulating so that a complete picture can be gathered of the public view.
"It is interesting that neighbouring Pembrey are campaigning for the same level of humps and calming treatment as Burry Port.
“The installation of the calming measurers at Burry Port was designed to be self regulating and keep speeds down by being placed relatively close together. This prevents vehicles speeding up between the humps. Those attending the meeting did not seem to understand that reducing hums would encourage cars to speed up between them.