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”
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.”
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 .