The Penarth AM and leader of the Conservatives in the Welsh Assembly – Andrew R T Davies has declared that if a Welsh Conservative Government is elected in May the long-mooted Dinas Powys By-pass will be built.
Davies made the pledge at a public session in Dinas Powys at which a number of local people raised concerns regarding traffic levels in the village, and the impact that’s having on congestion and safety.
The Conservatives say a Dinas Powys by-pass would also ease congestion for Penarth motorists using that route and have undertaken – if elected – to put the scheme into the new Government’s National Transport Plan.
Andrew R T Davies says “The current transport links to Dinas are completely unacceptable and congestion is a major issue. This makes it difficult for people to get to work and also poses many safety risks for vulnerable groups such as children, the elderly and disabled.”
He added “Labour only need to lose one seat to lose control of the Assembly ” and is campaigning for Tory candidate Ross England to take Labour Vale AM Jane Hutt’s seat in May’s election.
Last year Alun Cairns (Conservative MP for the Vale of Glamorgan) had expressed his concern after it was revealed (by a Vale Council official) that part of the land historically allocated for the proposed Dinas Powys By-Pass had actually been allocated for a 300-house development between Murch and Sully Road.
Cairns had said: “I am very concerned that land that was previously allocated for the by-pass will now be used, in part, for housing. I have long called for a by-pass for Dinas Powys to be made a priority. ”
However Vale Plaid Cymru Cllr Ian Johnson (Buttrills Ward Barry) had said in August 2015 he had found it “surprising” that neither Conservative or Labour councillors had actually then backed calls for the Dinas Powys By-Pass to be included in the Vale of Glamorgan Local Transport Plan.
The controlling Labour Party in Vale of Glamorgan Council voted comprehensively against the Dinas Powys By-Pass .