Mid Wales

Over 100 people at meeting over A40 speeding concerns in Sennybridge

Over 100 people have attended a public meeting to discuss ways of tackling speeding on the main route between south Powys and south west Wales.

Dyfed-Powys Police and Crime Commissioner Christopher Salmon called the meeting in Sennybridge to seek views on how to improve safety on the A40 Brecon to Llandovery road.

The road is popular with motorcyclists, who were also represented.

Comments made will now be considered before any decision is taken.

Councillor Evan Morgan, who represents Sennybridge on Powys council, said he was happy with the turnout.

He said: "It was quite a good response and the police and crime commissioner took notes on the concerns of local people, which included the noise made because you can hear bikes coming from miles away."

He said that whilst it was accepted that the "bulk of bikers are professionals coming out to enjoy the countryside at the weekend", there is a "small minority" that causes problems.

The comments made will now be taken back before the next step is decided, he added.

Before the meeting Mr Salmon said he was "eager" to address the problems of speeding and anti-social riding.

"We are aware of community concerns about speeding and the anti-social riding of a small number of motorcycles that affect the lives of many along the A40," he said.

'Dangerous drivers'

"I'd like to bring communities and police together to tackle a road safety problem that I believe requires a joined up approach.

"My priorities as commissioner have one aim - to keep our communities safe - and I understand that our roads need protecting from dangerous drivers.

"I also acknowledge that there are many good and law-abiding motorcyclists."

Also speaking before the meeting Dyfed-Powys Chief Constable Simon Prince said the force was committed to responding to the needs of the community.

He added: "This meeting will enable us to explain how we intend to deal with the issues on the A40 and give the public the opportunity to express any concerns they may have."

Brecon and Radnorshire MP Roger Williams and AM Kirsty Williams also attended the meeting.

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