Plaid Cymru claims that a lack of maintenance by the Vale of Glamorgan Council could have contributed to last month’s serious flooding which blocked Penarth Road – at the bottom of Llandough Hill.
The flooding – up to 2 feet deep in places – caused road chaos, obstructing the arterial route and delaying hundreds of commuters.
Vale Councillor Chris Franks (Plaid Cymru Dinas Powys) says it’s now been discovered that a lack of maintenance and a faulty silted-up culvert may have contributed to the problems .
Speaking on behalf of Plaid Cymru well-known Penarth campaigner David Rhys Wilton says “We all recognised that the heavy persistent rain was a challenge but we fear that not enough is being done to reduce the flood risk in the future.
Mr Wilton says “The Vale Council admits that they know that there is a suspect culvert along Penarth Road in the vicinity of Llandough Hill. We acknowledge that basic de-silting work is being undertaken – but this really should be normal maintenance.”
Plaid Cymru say the condition – and the capacity – of the pipe work is “unknown” but that there appears to be “some problem with privately owned culverts“.
The party says the Vale Council has discovered “significant silting up of the pipes which might cover up further defects”. As a result the Penarth Branch of Penarth Cymru is demanding that the matter be given priority. Plaid says ” It is not tolerable for such an important route to be susceptible to this type of hazard.”
Chair of Dinas Powys Plaid Cymru Richard Grigg says “The traffic queues stretched for miles partly due to the Penarth Road flooding. Apparently the money allocated is around £20,000 but this might not be adequate if further problems emerge. This is a major route into south Cardiff and must be more resilient in time of bad weather. Plaid is pressing the Vale to ensure that everything is done to speed up any action required.”