Activists call for parking modernization

Welsh Labor candidates in the upcoming May election have asked for a pub car park to be upgraded after planning permission was granted four years ago.

Catherine Fookes, Welsh Labor candidate for Town Ward, is calling for swift action at the Wyebridge Street car park behind the Queens Head, which has been covered in unsightly barriers for months and was approved to be turned into a car park four years ago.

Monmouth urgently needs the 39 parking spaces the site will provide.

Catherine Fookes met with Neil Bell the publican to hear his concerns about the length of the process.

Catherine said: ”Businesses, especially those in the upper town, are desperate for more parking spaces to increase footfall.

”Despite the planning approval given four years ago for this car park and the full cooperation of the owner of Queens Head, absolutely nothing happened.

“It’s just another example of where Monmouth has been overlooked by the Tories at County Hall.”

”Road safety is also an increasingly important issue around the town of Monmouth and surrounding areas given the increasing number of cars on our roads.

”The Welsh Labor Government has responded to the need to slow down traffic and make our streets safer for pedestrians, cyclists and wheelchair users by introducing pilot projects for more 20mph zones for towns across the Wales.

“However, last week Beacon Monmouthshire County Council announced new 20mph schemes in Abergavenny, Llanfoist and Severnside, but nothing in Monmouth.”

Steven Garratt, Welsh Labor candidate for Overmonnow Ward. said: “I am extremely disappointed that Monmouth has been left out again.

”We desperately need more road calming measures and 20mph zones on our residential streets and stronger action against unsafe drivers.

“Residents, especially young and old, need to know that speed limits will be enforced.”