With the minimum of pre-publicity the Labour-run Vale of Glamorgan Council has announced that is to hold what it calls a “public consultation event” this afternoon (Monday March 13th) on the Dinas Powys By pass.
Vale Council officials, councillors – and the council’s hired consultants Arcadis – will be attending the “Drop-In Event” between 13.30 and 18.30 at the Parish Hall in Britway Road, Dinas Powys.
Any member of the public is invited to attend to express their views on transport issues – including the need for the By-Pass .
By-pass Steering Group chair Rod Harrod says “It’s vital that everyone who can turns up and makes their voice heard loud and clear, though it’s hardly a suitable time for the working public”.
He suggests that “Perhaps those who can’t make the session but want to express their views can contact one of our members listed on our website http://www.dinaspowysbypass.com.”
Mr Harrod says “We only found out about this meeting last Friday afternoon. There was also a private session scheduled for public bodies and community representatives last Tuesday (7th March). But nobody at the Dinas Powys end, including Community Councillors, seemed to have been informed about it three days prior.”
Roger Pattenden, a chartered civil engineer who is also a member of the steering group says “Vale Officials and ruling Councillors still hang on to the notion that the by-pass would just move traffic problems from other points to the already overloaded Merrie Harrier junction”
The Steering Group has been told that despite the fact the by-pass scheme has been omitted from the Vale of Glamorgan Council’s Local Development Plan, a future council could decide to build a by-pass – because the Highways Department has the powers to create a route.
A suggested route map prepared by the Dinas Powys By Pass steering group proposes a double roundabout at the Merrie Harrier junction in place of the present double junction.It’s envisaged that the Dinas Powys bypass would but cut through open countryside and emerge at the Merrie Harrier junction
Attending this afternoon’s event at Dinas Powys will be Cllr. Anthony Ernest (who will be standing for the Vale Council Plymouth Ward as an Independent) .
He says “the renewed interest in a By-Pass would obviously have implications for people living along Sully Road” and says “it’s essential that residents of the area take an active part in the consultation process, so as to ensure that the proposals fully take into account any issues relating to future access, and more especially noise reduction measures.”
There is further information available, including a map of the entire route, on this website http://www.dinaspowysbypass.co.uk/category/dinas-powys/