Glandyfi to Furnace pavement protest takes to the road
- 15 April 2014
- From the section Mid Wales
Residents of three villages along one of mid Wales' busiest roads claim their call for a pavement to be built to connect the communities has been ignored by the Welsh government.
Glandyfi, Eglwysfach and Furnace lie along the A487 between Aberystwyth and Machynlleth.
Villagers have campaigned for the last 25 years for a walkway to connect the communities.
They are holding a march along the road in protest.
The Welsh government said it was currently preparing designs for the work.
Alison Swanson, vice-chairman of Ysgubor-y-Coed community council, which represents the three communities, said the road was a "death trap" for pedestrians.
She added: "The £10m Welsh government road-widening project to the north of Glandyfi was anticipated to include pavements between Glandyfi, Eglwysfach and Furnace to the south.
"This has not happened and we have asked the Minister several times why this project has not taken place."
Mrs Swanson said the Welsh government had directed the community council to contact them via Ceredigion council.
She added the local authority had stopped replying to any messages about the pavements last year and directed them to contact the Welsh government directly.
"We have had no response to queries sent to the Minister, Edwina Hart, about the pavement," she said.
"Most of the landowners would be happy to allow their land to be used to build the three-quarters of a mile long pavement between the three villages.
"We desperately need this facility because the centre of the three communities is at the village hall and church in Eglwysfach.
"Accessing any event currently involves walking a perilous road with no pavement.
"We are now sick and tired of being pushed from pillar to post so we have organised a protest march along the main road."
A Ceredigion council spokesman said the matter was the responsibility of the Welsh government.
The protest march between Glandyfi and Furnace is due to be held at 10:00 BST on Saturday 26 April.
A Welsh Government spokesperson said: "We are currently preparing the designs on the preferred option for this work, and will announce details of the next stage when these are published."