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Pontarddulais bollards are pulled out as part of £450,000 scheme

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: April 24, 2014

By Liz Perkins / elizabeth.perkins@swwmedia.co.uk / @lizperkinspost

Councillors, from left, David Beynon, Eifion Davies and Ron Waterhouse with old benches in Pontarddulais during the town revamp.

Councillors, from left, David Beynon, Eifion Davies and Ron Waterhouse with old benches in Pontarddulais during the town revamp.

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WONKY bollards have had to be pulled out not long after workmen put them in as part of a £450,000 revamp scheme.

Community leaders in Pontarddulais say the posts weren't vertical and had to be removed.

Clerk Aneurin John revealed the step was taken during a meeting of Pontarddulais Town Council.

A Swansea Council spokesman said the authority would look into all the issues raised.

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Mr John said: "The bollards are being taken up because they weren't vertical. After all the money they spent on the Bont, they had to take them up."

Concerns were also raised about where the bollards were being sited.

Councillor Gail John said she believed they should have been placed elsewhere and added: "While we are talking about the bollards, we should have them taken further up. It's crazy where they put them as it's an open space and a parking space." Pontarddulais mayor David Beynon, also raised concerns about the signs in the area although he said the investment overall had helped.

And there had been previous problems with new benches in the town being replaced with the old ones.

Mr Beynon said: "They have put new signs in the boulevard St Michael and three signs say three different things — one is dead scruffy."

Mr Beynon said he was under the impression the area would have new bus shelters, but the local authority said they would be upgraded.

A Swansea Council spokesman added: "Pontarddulais was one of only nine towns in Wales to benefit from Welsh Government funding as part of their Western Valleys Regeneration Area programme.

"This means more than£450,000 has been spent there to upgrade pavements, put more car parking spaces in place and improve facilities like signs, bus stops and cycle stands for local traders, residents and visitors to the town.

"The new benches will be installed by the end of April and we'll ask our contractor for the scheme to look into the other issues that have been raised as soon as possible."

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  • neathguard  |  April 25 2014, 8:05AM

    Better make sure the benches are perfectly horizontal, we would not want anyone sliding off them

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