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We are among the objectors to the proposed extinguishment of most of Longlands Lane, Margam, in Neath Port Talbot, and the diversion of the Wales Coastal Path inland beside a railway line and goods yard. There is to be a public inquiry into these proposed path-changes, to be held at the Orangery in Margam Country Park, from 10am on Tuesday 5th November. The public is welcome and the inquiry is expected to last four days.
‘We are strongly opposed to the loss of the shortest path to Morfa Beach. Longlands Lane is a really popular route. The objectors’ case looks good, thanks to the campaigners’ knowledge, serious digging into documents and Freedom of Information requests,’ says Jay Kynch, our representative at the inquiry. ‘The community group, Save Morfa Beach (Friends of Morfa), has engaged Neil Jacobi, a solicitor with experience of rights-of-way cases.’
Save Morfa Beach chair, Charles Smith, says ‘We are looking forward to Mr Jacobi’s forensic cross-examination of Neath Port Talbot council’s evidence. We believe that, given a fair hearing, our evidence against these path changes will win the day.’
Jay Kynch adds: ‘It is important for people who care about these routes to make their presence felt and heard. They know about the paths—so come to the inquiry, and to the inquiry walk.’
The walk, starting from the railway crossing on Longlands Lane (footpath 92), is on Monday 4 November at 10am.