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  • Writer's pictureFranck Banza

Hearing Gower - A unanimous concern has emerged: the state of our local infrastructure

As I have been campaigning recently in Loughor, Village Garden, and Gowerton, speaking with residents about the issues closest to their hearts, a unanimous concern has emerged: the state of our local infrastructure. The voices of our community have been loud and clear; the roads marred by potholes, the unnerving rise of construction sites in already cramped spaces, and the seemingly misguided placement of new homes have all painted a picture of a constituency crying out for change.

The frustrations are palpable. With the degradation of road conditions and the lack of sufficient public transportation options, our residents find themselves ensnared in daily commutes that are becoming increasingly untenable. The result? More cars on the road, longer travel times to work and essential services, and a growing sentiment that the needs of our community are not being adequately addressed.

It's evident that while efforts to promote greener alternatives, such as the cycling routes introduced in Penllergaer, are commendable, they fail to meet the community's needs when not backed by a comprehensive plan that addresses all aspects of our transportation and infrastructure woes. The burgeoning number of vehicles, coupled with insufficient parking in both new and established residential areas, underscores the urgent need for a holistic approach to infrastructure development—one that prioritises the well-being and efficiency of our community.

As your prospective MP for Gower, I am deeply committed to spearheading this much-needed transformation. Our strategy must focus on investment—not just any investment, but smart, strategic investments that truly resonate with the needs of our residents. This means advocating for:

  • Enhanced Road Maintenance: Prioritising the repair of existing roads and ensuring new constructions are capable of handling increased traffic with minimal environmental impact.

  • Strategic Housing Development: Working closely with local councils to ensure that new housing projects are strategically placed, benefiting the community without adding to the congestion.

  • Public Transport Revitalisation: Championing the improvement and expansion of public transport options to offer reliable, efficient, and eco-friendly alternatives to car travel.

  • Cycling and Pedestrian Infrastructure: Ensuring that investments in cycling routes and pedestrian pathways are well-planned, widely communicated, and integrated into the broader transport network to encourage their use.

  • Parking Solutions: Addressing the shortage of parking spaces through innovative solutions that balance the needs of residents and the environment.

Our beloved Gower deserves no less than a forward-thinking, inclusive approach to infrastructure development that not only addresses our immediate challenges but also lays the groundwork for a sustainable, prosperous future. This vision is not just a campaign promise; it is a commitment to action, to listening, and to delivering the change our community deserves.

Together, we can build a Gower that thrives—where every journey through our beautiful constituency is a reminder of what we can achieve when we invest wisely, think creatively, and work collectively towards the common good.

Join me in this endeavour. Your support, your voice, and your vote can shape the future of Gower for generations to come.

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