The long-running saga of proposals to build the Dinas Powys by-pass turned another page yesterday when the issue was raised in First Minister’s Questions in the Welsh Assembly.
Penarth Conservative AM and leader of the Welsh Conservatives Andrew RT Davies pressed Carwyn Jones on one of the hot button election-issues in the South Wales Central constituency – the need for a Dinas Powys by-pass – a project which could benefit motorists in Penarth.
Davies said with the numerous housing developments taking place in Barry and Sully – including the 350-housing application approved in Cog Road, Sully last week – the demand for a bypass in the area was now ‘greater than ever’. He wanted the First Minister to tell the Assembly whether residents of Dinas Powys could feel confident the First Minister would support a funding application to build the by-pass within this Assembly Term (2016-2021) .
First Minister Carwyn Jones told the Assembly he knew the current road well and conceded that “It is a busy stretch of road “.
He said “It’s a matter for the Vale of Glamorgan Council to consider” .The Dinas Powys by-pass “would not be a trunk road, it would be a road run by the local authority but of course we would be happy to examine any proposals that they might wish to bring forward”
In the recent Assembly election, the Welsh Conservatives had said that if elected they would build the by-pass.
Speaking later Andrew R T Davies said “With numerous housing developments in both Sully and Barry being approved by the Labour-run Vale Council, it is imperative investment is made in our local transport infrastructure to cope with the likely huge increase in demand. Many roads in the Vale, particularly Dinas Powys, are already at breaking point and with yet more houses on the way it is clear demand for a bypass is now greater than ever.”
“Today’s comments by the First Minister have put the ball very much in the Vale Council’s court and I would implore them to take urgent action to improve the lives of commuters.Hardworking people can only hope the Labour-run administrations in Barry and Cardiff Bay now wake up to these pressures and make decisions which will benefit the lives of those across the Vale of Glamorgan.”