E/34305 proposal to bring 3,100 32tonne/9.1m lorry movements through town

Daniel Morris made this Freedom of Information request to Ammanford Town Council, Carmarthenshire

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Dear Ammanford Town Council, Carmarthenshire,

I note that Ammanford Town Council seems to have been omitted from the list
on Carmarthenshire County Council's Planning Portal of statutory consultees to
application E/34305 (recommencement of dumping of materials at former Abernant
Farm landfill site after extensive taxpayer funded remediation and restoration
works). This seems quite unusual, given the environmental impact, risk to
school children and adults.

The proposal would adversely affect residents of Wern Ddu, as 3,100 loads of
material would be carried by 32 tonne/9.1m long 8 wheel tipper lorries to
reach the very narrow lanes through Heol Ddu to finally arrive at the site
(lorries exiting through the housing developments along Nant Y Glyn Road in
Glanaman). The dumping would continue for many years, operating six days a
week. The proposal doesn't prescribe whether the heavy diesel lorries would
disperse their exhaust pollutants through the town centre along High Street or
via Foundry Road, in order to arrive at the junction of Wern Ddu.

The proposed one way system of traffic flow will mean that conveys of huge
lorries will be pounding through the "Safe Route to School" zones to the
east of Ysgol Dyffryn Aman, Ysgol Gymraeg Rhydaman, Ysgol Bro Banw.
Vehicle movements are intended to include the times of peak congestion during
the morning and afternoon school-runs, exacerbating the regular congestion at
the junctions of Walters Road/Wern Ddu/High Street (ignoring the mythical "one
way" system that prospective parents to Bro Banw were encouraged to adopt in
the 90's). Children, carers and other pedestrians travelling to/from Pontaman,
Betws and the Riverside Walk/Cycle track will need to cross this flow of heavy traffic. There is no School Crossing Patrol (Lollipop man/woman) to assist nor Toucan crossing. The large hump on High Street/Pontaman bridge (impeding all traffic 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, including Fire Appliances and Ambulances) proffers no legal right to cross for those following the route of the disjointed Cycleway.

During our community's fight to have the unlawful dumping at the Abernant Landfill site stopped and the operator license revoked in the late 1990's, we learnt that site operating hours are a misnomer. The Council could not prevent vehicles from using the public road network to arrive at the site early nor leave later. As such, the hours of operation, inconvenience and risk to local residents, pedestrians, cyclists, equestrians, dog-walkers and other road users may extend well beyond those detailed in the planning application (I met skip lorries before 0530 as I drove to catch the early Paris flight from CWL on a number of occasions - few experiences compare with the adrenaline kick of stopping inches from a heavily loaded skip lorry that filled the width of the road on the blind bend by Holly Cottage at that time in the morning!). The site operator (at the time) may have little control over independent haulage contractors.

Please can you provide copies of all information the Council holds in relation to the Planning Application E/34305 described, including (but not limited to) copies of correspondence received/sent, minutes from when the issue has been discussed/debated and any declarations of interests from members of the Council.

Yours faithfully,

D Morris

Sent request to Ammanford Town Council, Carmarthenshire again, using a new contact address.

Town Clerk, Ammanford Town Council, Carmarthenshire

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Dear Mr Morris ,
Please find attached the response from Council.
Anette Bell.

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Dear Mrs Bell,

Thanks for checking, I had looked for the minutes of previous/recent meetings, but they were missing from the website since last Autumn.

One town council candidate did recall the issue being discussed, but it may not have been within a Council Meeting.

May I suggest that you add it as an Agenda item for the new/returning Councillors at the 9th May meeting? I'm sure that many residents, businesses and organisations that would be affected by the proposal would want to have their concerns heard by the LPA before approval is granted.

Yours sincerely,

D Morris

Town Clerk, Ammanford Town Council, Carmarthenshire

Dear Mr Morris ,
I will put your original email before the Town Council at the next meeting .
Yours sincerely
Anette Bell

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