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Considerate parking plea ahead of Wales Airshow

Motorists heading to the Wales Airshow at the weekend are being urged to be considerate when parking.

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There will be thousands of car parking spaces available to accommodate around 200,000 visitors expected to descend on the city for Wales' biggest free show on Saturday and Sunday.

Visitors are being asked to park responsibly or risk a fine or even having their vehicles removed if they park in resident parking areas, stay too long in short-stay on-street parking areas, or cause an obstruction on the roads.

Mark Thomas, Cabinet Member for Environment, said: "It can be tempting for visitors to try and find a spot in residential areas near the seafront to park their cars.

"But visitors should be warned that they will face a fixed penalty notice if they park illegally. There's no need for it because there are plenty of spaces available at designated car parks - many of which are pre-bookable.

"We are also encouraging visitors to use the park and ride sites at Fabian Way and Landore and the routes from both have been adapted to drop people off and collect them from the main airshow site."

Cllr Thomas said: "No-one wants to return to their car after a great day out only to find they've got a parking ticket. If you don't park illegally, you won't face a fixed penalty notice. It's really that straightforward.

"Part of the council's job on the day will be to make sure routes are kept free and available for emergency services for safety reasons, as well as to ensure the show is a good neighbour to nearby residents so they can park their vehicles near to their homes as they normally do."

Much of the Sandfields area of Swansea just off Oystermouth Road has resident-only parking areas while other sections limit parking to a maximum of two or three hours with no return within a further two or three hours. So visitors are discouraged from parking in these residential areas.

The council has produced a map showing all the available car parks and the charges to use them. The priority car park at the St Helen's Recreation ground can be pre-booked and drivers using it will have a special route to follow because Oystermouth Road will be closed between 10am and 6pm on both days.

To find out more about car parking for the Wales Airshow, please go to ww.swansea.gov.uk/airshow and www.walesairshow.co.uk


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