DINAS BY-PASS: VALE OFFICERS SEARCH FOR TRANSCRIPT OF MINISTER’S STATEMENT

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

The campaign for the Dinas By Pass was developed by the Conservative Party, which organised a “non-political” public meeting in the village two weeks ago. Meanwhile Plaid Cymru has also been developing initiatives. Originally the Labour-controlled Vale of Glamorgan  Council had dismissed the idea of a Dinas Powys By-Pass, but now – with an election pending in May -it’s prepared to discuss it

It appears there’s been further progress in the long campaign to build a by-pass around the village of Dinas Powys – a project which will have major implications for Penarth area.

The Dinas Powys By Pass was apparently alluded to again by Infrastructure  Minister Ken Skates at a breakfast meeting at Cardiff Airport yesterday morning

Vale of Glamorgan Council officials were throughout the day frantically trying to lay their hands on a transcript of what Skates had actually said – according to Cllr Peter King (Labour Cornerswell) who is the Vale ‘cabinet’ member responsible for transport .

Cllr King told Vale Councillors last night  “I assure you we will be pouring all over it [ i.e. the transcript] as soon as we get hold of it”

In the non-political public meeting there was an overwhelming vote in favour of the by-pass - and it was hoped this would initiate a campaign group

In the non-political public meeting there was an overwhelming vote in favour of the by-pass – and suddenly Labour councillors and AMs, who’ve up to now just sat on the project, have suddenly realised they can’t afford to ignore the majority of people living in Dinas Powys

The new Skates statement appeared to make irrelevant an “agreed joint statement” which had been  issued earlier saying  “Transport officials from the Council and Welsh Government met on Monday 12 December 2016 to discuss the Dinas Powys transport network. Council officers explained that they would like to undertake an investigation to establish the transport issues and opportunities at Dinas Powys and Welsh Government officials agreed to consider putting forward a funding request for their Cabinet Secretary’s approval. This study will build upon the policies and proposals set out in the [Vale of Glamorgan]  Council’s emerging Local Development Plan. The timescale and precise funding amount for this Study has yet to be agreed.”

Sticking to the script: Cllr Peter King in last night's Vale council meeting was questioned about the Dinas by-pass

Sticking to the script: Cllr Peter King (Labour Cornerswell) in last night’s Vale Council meeting was questioned about the Dinas by-pass

In last night’s Vale of Glamorgan Council meeting Cllr King answering a question from Plaid Cymru’s Cllr Chris  we claimed that the Dinas Powys By-Pass issue was being “stirred-up in the run-up to the forthcoming elections [Due in May 2017 ]  . He said the Vale Council policy was not to pursue a by pass a scheme without Welsh Government funding .

 

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