LABOUR BOYCOTTS PUBLIC MEETING THAT VOTES FOR DINAS POWYS BY-PASS

In a public community meeting in Dinas Powys last night, a majority of local residents voted en-mass in favour of the long-awaited Dinas Powys By Pass scheme and for further restrictions on traffic.

In a public community meeting in Dinas Powys last night, a majority of local residents voted en-mass in favour of the long-awaited Dinas Powys By Pass scheme and for further restrictions on traffic.

Labour Party AMs and Vale Labour Councillors boycotted a packed community meeting in Dinas Powys last night in which there was an overwhelming vote by local residents in favour of  building the much-needed and long-awaited Dinas Powys By-Pass.

Penarth Conservative AM Andrew R T Davies - leader of the Welsh Conservatives

Penarth Conservative AM Andrew R T Davies – leader of the Welsh Conservatives

The meeting had been convened – on a strictly non-political basis – by Penarth’s Conservative AM Andrew R T Davies who is leader of the Conservatives in the Welsh Assembly.

In a show-of-hands, a capacity audience in Dinas Powys Parish Hall voted overwhelmingly in favour of building the By-Pass  and were in favour of tighter controls on traffic through the village.

But although representatives of  other parties attended the public meeting, it appeared that every Labour representative who had been invited, failed to turn up.

Amongst those who had been asked to attend – but didn’t – were:-

  • Ken Skates AM (Welsh Government Infrastructure Minister )
  • Jane Hutt (Labour AM Vale of Glamorgan)
  • Vale Cllr Bronwen Brooks,  (Labour Court Ward Barry,’cabinet’ member for housing) .
  • Vale Cllr Peter King (Labour Cornerswell, ‘cabinet’ member for ‘transport’).
Cllr Peter King (Labour Cornerswell) Vale 'cabinet' member for Transport

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

Cllr King had written to say that he wasn’t going to come to the meeting because  “a discussion with the community is premature” and that in any case “as a member of the Planning Committee I need to maintain an open mind”.

However  a number of local residents in the audience were concerned that Labour Vale AMs and Labour Vale councillors had not been prepared to take last night’s opportunity of listening to the concerns of the village.

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Andrew R T Davies told the packed audience that it was clear that Dinas Powys needed the By-Pass. It was a development which would help not only the village itself, but would help ease congestion across the whole of the Eastern Vale including Barry and Penarth.

Until now, he said the Vale of Glamorgan Council had claimed the Welsh Government would not fund such a scheme –  but last month Welsh Government Infrastructure Minister Ken Skates had publicly declared he would “happily play a part in facilitating a solution” .

Andrew R T Davies called on the Welsh Government and the Vale Council to work together with all other interested parties to “deliver the by-pass”  and stressed that this was the “time for action”

Vale Cllr Chris Franks (Plaid Cymru Dinas Powys) said the by pass was "not a priority" for the Labour administration that runs the Vale of Glamorgan council

Vale Cllr Chris Franks (Plaid Cymru Dinas Powys) said the by pass was “not a priority” for the Labour administration that runs the Vale of Glamorgan council

Some members of the audience couldn’t fathom why the Vale Council didn’t want the By-Pass built .

Phrasing his way delicately around the issue, to avoid party politics, Vale Cllr Chris Franks (Plaid Cymru Dinas Powys) said he thought it was because the Labour administration in the Vale didnot regard it as one of their priorities”.

Andrew R T Davies told the audience that had it been up to the Vale of Glamorgan Council to put proposals before the Welsh Government – but the Vale Council had not advanced any proposals for the Dinas Powys By-Pass .

However in UK Government’s  Autumn Statement an extra  £400,000,000 has been allocated to Wales for  infrastructure projects – some of which could now be used for the Dinas Powys By Pass .

The packed public meeting at Dinas Powys Parish Hall was addressed by Andrew RT Davies - Leader of the Conservatives in the Welsh Assembly

The packed public meeting at Dinas Powys Parish Hall was addressed by Andrew RT Davies – Leader of the Conservatives in the Welsh Assembly

Against the background of the Vale Council’s LDP proposals to build 10,000 new homes in the Vale of Glamorgan, Andrew R T Davies suggested that the Dinas Powys Community Council should now put pressure on the Vale Council “not to allow future development until all issues of transport are addressed and sorted out ” . This was – he said – “a not unreasonable option” to put to the Vale Council.

He said “local democracy” would then dictate that if the Vale Council didn’t listen,  then people could as he put it – “cast their view at the ballot box”  in next May’s council elections . That would be the option people would have next May.

Andrew R T Davies asked whether people thought the by-pass was the solution. The overwhelming majority of people in the packed hall voted “yes” . Davies said the problem was that the views of the public “had not yet registered with politicians” and had yet to recognise that the By Pass was “a priority which we’ve got to deliver”.

Papers circulated around the hall provided everyone in the audience with an opportunity to register their names .

Steve Thomas chairman of the Saving Sully Group addressed the meeting. Sully, Dinas Powys and Penarth all have a common interest in pressing for measures to alleviate future traffic congestion which will be exacerbated by the Vale Council's plan to build 10,000 more houses

Steve Thomas chairman of the Saving Sully Group addressed the meeting. Sully, Dinas Powys and Penarth all have a common interest in pressing for measures to alleviate future road congestion – which its feared will be exacerbated by the Vale Council’s plan to build 10,000 more houses

The meeting was also addressed by Steve Thomas – chairman of the Saving Sully Group.

Sully has a common interest with Dinas Powys – and with Penarth –  in opposing the Vale of Glamorgan  Council’s plans for future housing development as all three communities stand to suffer from consequent increased traffic and strains on local infrastructure .

Later Andrew R T Davies issued a statement saying “Huge turnout at my public meeting in Dinas Powys this evening on the campaign for a by-pass for the village. It is clear that local people want the project delivered and it is vital that the Council bring forward proposals to the Welsh Government to make that happen”

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14 Responses to LABOUR BOYCOTTS PUBLIC MEETING THAT VOTES FOR DINAS POWYS BY-PASS

  1. Tim Hughes says:

    Everything I read suggests a greater need for housing and a lesser need for cars. Are public meetings a good way to decide policy or just a way to for politicians to gather votes?

    • Christopher David says:

      A greater need for housing- but a lesser need for cars? Could one explain? To answer your question, public meetings in this context don’t decide policy. However they constitute amongst other things, democracy in the open. Yes I realise democracy by its very nature is open- but there’s a caveat- apparently politicians or councillor can be exempt.

      • Tim Hughes says:

        End of the car age: how cities are outgrowing the automobile (https://www.theguardian.com/cities/2015/apr/28/end-of-the-car-age-how-cities-outgrew-the-automobile)
        Future Need and Demand for Housing in Wales – (https://sites.cardiff.ac.uk/ppiw/files/2015/10/Future-Need-and-Demand-for-Housing-in-Wales.pdf)

        According to the article “Andrew R T Davies asked whether people thought the by-pass was the solution” well I hope my doctor never asks me a question like that. In relation to ARTD’s views of transportation I listened carefully to his words at the last election and they appear to me to be 0% informed and 100% opportunist, but that us just my view.

        In general I do not think that largely single issue public meetings are that useful, in that the attendees’ views are rarely representative of the general public. I like the idea of carefully considering politicians proposed programmes, and their history of delivery, and then using that to inform my vote but then allowing them to get on and do their job. The Railway Path construction was, in my view, a good example of why the public meeting/pressure group approach to policy determination shouldn’t and, in this case didn’t, work.

  2. Kevin Mahoney says:

    Yet again gross hypocrisy by RT Davies and the Conservatives who voted through their own LDP housing plans which included 650 houses for Sully and 450 for Cosmeston as well as many thousands more for Barry and the rest of the Eastern Vale.

    The Conservative councillors on the Vale planning committee refused to vote against the hundreds of houses pushed through by the Labour party for Cog Rd in Sully and abstained on the night.

    RT seems to have adopted the Alun Cairns school of public statements, one of playing to the public gallery whilst his Conservative councillors are busy voting the exact opposite way to those statements.

    There was a complete absence of ‘No more houses before a Dinas Bypass’ when the Conservatives were voting through the plans for thousands of new houses whose generated road traffic will further clog up Dinas, Sully, Penarth and Culverhouse.

  3. I'd like a bypass...........................Please says:

    From memory I think a reason for not progressing the bypass was the bottleneck at the traffic lights at the Merrie Harrier Pub. If this is a problem and the bypass is built it will actually create more of a problem for residents trying to leave both Penarth and Dinas as it will encourage more drivers to use the new route!

    Can we see a little common sense from the council? Please look at alternative routes. Maybe direct to the A4232/ Cardiff Link Road via Leckwith.

  4. Frank Evans says:

    Labour sticking it’s head in the sans as per usual. They expect people to ditch their cars when there is no current alternative.

  5. Ivor Bagman says:

    Why not widen the pen-y-turnpike?
    You could get twice the traffic
    On a tuppenny turnpike !

    • Colin Davies says:

      Totally not practical, as the main access to penyturnpike is via the village which is very narrow and places single track road with visibility issues, or past the primary school. the former then having to negotiate road narrowing’s which would slow the traffic further. I would also expect the council being put off by then having to encroach on the land of home owners some of whome have houses build close to the roas already and also landowners

  6. jm says:

    No current alternative other than walking, cycling, train, bus …

  7. Ford Prefect says:

    These selfish fools should not be encouraging more cars by tearing up the countryside. The cars are the problem – the problem will not be solved by making more spaces for cars!

  8. Christopher David says:

    Some good reading in the links from Mr Hughes PF. The Guardian stuff is visionary in the sense of cities. I’ve experienced some of what is described. The Welsh paper is just stats and forecasts but very informative. No vision as to dealing with the much wider issues though. Mr Hughes stance in public meetings is interesting. I wish I couldn’t have his confidence in politicians. Do have a gander at the links he offers.

  9. Christopher David says:

    Ha- pun intended.

  10. Jocelle says:

    Where will the by pass start and end? As already alluded too there is a bottle neck at the Merrier Harrier junction coming from Dinas and from Penarth.

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