Caerphilly residents stage demo to stop rat-running drivers


Residents of Dol-y-Felin Street in Caerphilly turned out on Friday (July 13) to protest against motorists using their street as a rat run.

Holding banners which emphasised current regulations, residents said they wanted the street to become either a one-way or a cul-de-sac.  

During the short demonstration, several dozen cars and vans entered the street against the regulations.

 Local Plaid Cymru councillors have come up with a detailed plan involving a one-way system which would mean only residents would be allowed to enter the street. They have been pressing the council since the beginning of the year but have come up against a brick wall.

Town councillor Mike Prew said: “At the end of the day people want action so that they can just have a quiet street to live in.   The council just keeps saying it’s not feasible while our own attempts at planning say otherwise.  If the council has an alternative then they should let us know, but at the moment they seem to have no idea and are quite happy to sit back and do nothing.”

Caerphilly county councillor Phil Bevan added: “This has gone on long enough. When Labour got in power in 2012, the local Labour Party promised action.  I am pleased residents have turned out in support and put extra pressure on the Labour-run county council."

Dol-y-Felin Street resident Albert Jones said “ Something needs to be done now!   Only in March a van came speeding down the street and wrote off my car.”

  • Under current regulations, turning left is banned from Mill Road and turning right is banned from Pontygwindy Road but many motorists ignore it.