Despite the best efforts of local campaigners seen here with Penarth AM Andrew R T Davies and Vale MP Alun Cairns (both left) - the Vale Council has dismissed the idea of a Dinas Powys By-Pass

Penarth AM and Conservative Leader Andrew R T Davies (left) and Secretary of State for Wales Alun Cairns (Conservative MP for the Vale of Glamorgan) (2nd from left)  are amongst local campaigners demanding that a Dinas Powys by-pass  be built. The Labour-controlled Vale of Glamorgan Council had dismissed the idea – but now Welsh Government Minister Ken Skates says he has ordered his officials to get together with Vale Council officers and develop a solution

Andrew R T Davies ,  Conservative Leader in the Welsh Assembly and AM for South Wales Central (which includes Penarth) – has today said the Vale of Glamorgan Council now has “no excuse” not to go ahead with plans for the long-awaited by-pass for the village of Dinas Powys.

Cllr Lis Burnett (Labour St Augustines) Deputy Leader of the Vale of Glamorgan Council

Cllr Lis Burnett (Labour St Augustines) Deputy Leader of the Vale of Glamorgan Council

Earlier this year, Cllr Lis Burnett (Labour St Augustines)  – the Deputy Leader of the Vale of Glamorgan Council –  had written to the Andrew R T Davies claiming the by-pass scheme was not required” – and suggested that “walking” or “cycling ” schemes should be introduced instead .

Cllr Peter King (Labour Cornerswell) Vale 'cabinet' member for Transport

Cllr Peter King (Labour Cornerswell) Vale ‘cabinet’ member for Transport

Another Penarth Vale councillor  Peter King (Labour Cornerswell) who – like Cllr Burnett is one of the 5 remaining members of the Labour-controlled Vale Council’s ‘cabinet’ –  said the Dinas Powys By Pass project was not feasible because “no [Welsh Government] funding is currently available or likely to become available in the foreseeable future”.

Welsh Government Transport Minister Ken Skates

Welsh Government Transport Minister Ken Skates

However both Burnett and King have now been blown out of the water by  the Welsh Government’s Cabinet Secretary for the Economy and Infrastructure – the well-regarded Ken Skates – who says he  will “happily” play a part in delivering a Dinas Powys by-pass.

In a statement welcomed by Andrew R T Davies. Ken  Skates  has  now gone on record in the National Assembly in describing the bottleneck at Dinas Powys as a “unique issue” and says that he has asked Welsh Government officials to work closely with the Vale Council to find a solution that can be fully funded.

Andrew R T Davies (Conservative South Wales Central)

Andrew R T Davies (Conservative South Wales Central)

Andrew R T Davies, who along with Vale MP Alun Cairns and other local campaigners has long campaigned for a by-pass, said Mr Skates’s comments showed there was a willingness to go ahead with the project and Vale Council now has “no excuse”.

Mr Davies said, “Despite long and justified calls from residents, the Vale Council have always refused to build a Dinas Powys by-pass on the grounds of lack of funding. As well as suggesting the problems could be solved by a few cycle paths, they have constantly passed the buck and blamed lack of funding from the Welsh Government for not giving the project the green light. As recently as August, they claimed this funding was not likely to be forthcoming in the foreseeable future, and I am pleased that Ken Skates has contradicted them.”

The Conservative Assembly leader says “There is now no reason for the Council not to pursue the project and set the ball rolling. The Welsh Government have, to their credit, shown they are happy to look at finding a fully funded solution.

Davies says “Any inaction from the [Vale] Council from here on in will be down to a general unwillingness to go ahead with the project . That will be unacceptable to local residents.”



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  1. Ivor Bagman says:

    The easiest way out of
    Dinas Powys would be
    Via St Andrews major
    To the Wenvoe Road !

    • Colin Davies says:

      At which point you get stuck in traffic going to Culverhouse Cross… There is no easy way out of Dinas Powys anymore!

  2. Ian Perry says:

    No mention of the Barons Court or Merrie Harrier junctions as usual. Andrew RT Davies may be making a huge success of breakfast without any help, but when it comes to solving the problem of mobility, he’s clueless.

  3. Mgg says:

    Hope the council gets its skates on. Or cycle or walking

  4. G says:

    I’d love to see this bypass happen as it would really help alleviate the horrendous traffic congestion and high risk of accidents (without even taking into account the extra 1000 houses proposed). However, suspect that the various golf-playing NIMBYs in positions of power and influence will soon balk at the idea once they realise it will cut across their lovely greens. I just hope this announcement isn’t simply a well timed bit of empty rhetoric to head off one of the main objections of the Sully and Cosmeston developments, given the Assembly owns some of the land involved.

  5. Chris Franks says:

    What a shame that Conservative Councillors voted to build houses on the route of the by pass. Spoils the propaganda tactics really.

    • Ian Symonds says:

      …but it increases the value of the land if it has to be compulsory purchased for a future bypass.

  6. Fishhenge says:

    Time to move the toll gates from the Severn crossings and on to Sully Road, Lavernock road and Cardiff Road. And for passport checks for non-Penarthians to be carried out.

  7. Andrew Worsley says:

    I loved the photo to go with this item, wow there was quite a crowd . must have been half of Dinas Powys involved or at least 6 people?, I was impressed by the numbers , just shows you can mobilise people if you try , especially if you involve your Mum , the next door neighbour , his mate and his two sons yep quite an impressive crowd .

  8. Peter Church says:

    Why does Harry Enfield’s brummy character “you don’t want do that” have an opinion on the Bypass?
    You don’t want to build a bypass, here. You want to spend that money in Barry.

  9. Ivor Bagman says:

    The only sensible
    Answer is to use
    The train .

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