Evaluate this road
10:21am Thursday 25th October 2012 in Letters
BARRY is rightly proud of some of its natural amenities and signposts them on the approaches to Barry, with the aim of attracting out of town visitors.
The approved route for visitors to Porthkerry Country Park, entering Barry from the west (five mile lane) is along Pontypridd Road, Park Crescent, Park Road and into the park.
Given that this is not only a prescribed route for a visitor attraction, but also the main access/feeder road for occupiers of houses across the west end of Barry, is it asking too much for a council official to drive a vehicle along that road and objectively evaluate the surface condition?
Whilst there have been many visits to identify and subsequently repair potholes; the road surface is now so ridged and marred by major changes in level, that to report one or two potholes as requiring attention misses the main point.
The road needs a substantial programme of repair and resurfacing - along with the top end of Porthkerry Road, and Porth Y Castell - they all need urgent major refurbishment.
In this lull between local elections, our ward councillors have reverted to normal behaviour - ie supine, with zero visibility – apart from the annual delivery of the calendar/propaganda that we get at New Year.
Hence my appeal directly to the officers of the council: please do as I ask and check these roads – they are in much worse condition than many of the other roads in the Vale of Glamorgan council area, that have started to receive resurfacing attention.
Apart from the fact that Park Road is signposted for the use of visitors, and so must give a poor impression of Barry to those visitors, people who live in the west end of Barry pay council tax, road vehicle tax and VAT on fuel - some of which finds its way back to the council via grants from the Welsh Government - and should expect that some attention is paid to their local infrastructure in return.
Nick Meyrick Marine Drive Barry