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Pembrey residents came out in force to the local Church Hall on Saturday to voice their objections to the proposed Heol Y Mynydd development of 100 new homes.

At a packed public meeting chaired by Nia Griffith MP, residents voiced their very real fears about the consequences of letting this development go ahead.

Summing up the meeting,  Nia Griffith said, “There is very widespread opposition to this development. Nothing in the latest information from the developers does anything to sort out the traffic dangers on Heol y Mynydd, nor to make up for the lack of a pavement and the dangerous junction with the main A484. The provision of a footway across a field (which, in any case, is now fenced off for allotments) is no substitute for a pavement – parents would not let children walk home on an isolated path like that.

Nor do the developers propose anything to prevent the problem of sewerage overload and the very worrying increase in flood risk from surface water run-off which is a major nightmare scenario for people with homes and businesses downhill from the proposed development, many of whom have direct experience of just how quickly water levels can rise in a downpour. Following the devastating floods last year in Ruthin, North Wales, when the finger was pointed at the local council for allowing the development, the Council should not only turn down development which is actually in a flood plain, but also any development, like this one at Heol y Mynydd which increases flood risk to adjacent properties.

Another concern is the impact that the new housing estate would have on Cwrt Farm, which may shortly see its grade 11* listed building status upgraded to a Grade 1. The proposed development would completely ruin the setting of this unique building and could jeopardise future restoration proposals.”