Penarth Town Council is to be offered a seat on the new expanded review group being set up to oversee the Welsh Government’s study aimed at solving traffic problems on the corridor through Dinas Powys – including the long called-for Dinas Powys by-pass.
The Vale of Glamorgan Council’s ruling cabinet has now ruled that the councils of other affected communities – Llandough, Sully and Barry – will also be represented.
Rod Harrod, chair of the Dinas Powys By-pass Steering Group says the Dinas Powys representative on the existing Review Group, Roger Pattenden, had requested the scope of the by-pass study should be widened.
Mr Harrod added “The proposed Dinas Powys By-pass will be of considerable benefit to the whole of the Eastern Vale, including neighbouring areas – not just Dinas Powys.”
The steering group has put forward suggestions for a complete re-design the Merrie Harrier junction and has also tabled other proposals – including absorbing traffic from the planned Cog Road housing development (on the outskirts of Sully) and another plan to “allow entry for the estate to be built on the site of the former old St Cyres school in Dinas Powys.”
The Labour councillors have pressed for further delays to the Dinas Powys by-pass project – claiming funding would not be available until “after 2026” . However, – by-pass campaigners have effectively argued that unless action is taken now, commuter traffic from the multiple housing projects already authorised by the former Labour administration in the Vale will grid-lock the whole of the Eastern Vale long before that.
The by-pass campaigners say the previous Labour administration in the Vale Council already approved sites for 10,000 new homes in the Vale of Glamorgan – half of which would be built within 3 miles of Dinas Powys.
Mr Harrod says “Eventually there will be 4,000 new homes at Barry Waterfront, 125 at the Bendricks, 500 at the Cog in Sully, another 576 in Cosmeston. 145 are to be built in Lower Penarth, 80 already at St Josephs and 55 at Headlands School, Penarth. There will be 258 houses built on 3 different sites in Llandough. That’s without 215 at St Cyres school, Dinas Powys, 70 at Caerleon Road, 50 at Cross Common Road and the 18 already at Chapters at Pen-y-Turnpike and those almost completed at Bryneithin.”
He also warns that the failure of the campaign to register land at the Sully Sports Club as a “village green” could pave the way for a further 250 houses to be built on that site.
Mr Harrod says “The A4055 through Dinas Powys is the only part of the Strategic Highway network in the Vale that doesn’t have a by-pass around its primary settlement.”
The extra study and surveys will cost around £18,000 which the Vale Council has agreed to pay from its Neighbourhood Services and Transport reserves.