It’s now emerged that the Conservative-run Vale of Glamorgan Council cabinet decided to defer taking a decision on the controversial new One Way System for the “Gateway to Penarth” following objections raised by Vale Labour member – Cllr Neil Thomas ( Labour St Augustines).
As reported by PDN on Monday January 7th, the Vale’s cabinet had been due that day to approve a recommendation made by its “Project Board” which had been evaluating 4 different options for the scheme – and the results of an extensive public consultation.
As reported on Monday, the Project Board had recommended that the council’s cabinet should approve an experimental version of “Option 2″ .
This plan involves removing the roundabout at the junction of Plassey St and Windsor Road, making part of Plassey St ( from the junction up to High St) a one way (uphill only) route and also making a short section of High St that runs between the Windsor Arms Pub and the Police Station into a one way route.
It’s now become clear that Cllr Neil Thomas had notified the Vale Cabinet that he would “call in” the scheme if the cabinet decided to go ahead with the experimental layout – hence the deferral of a decision until “later this month”.
Meanwhile the Labour run Penarth Town Council ( of which Cllr Thomas is no longer a member) has come in for criticism from environmentalists for having given its tacit approval to a different version of the scheme – “Option 4”.
“Option 4” would have involved the removal of several street trees in the area. Penarth Town Council has stoked outrage from green lobbyists for having written to the Vale of Glamorgan Council to say the following:-
“ Street Trees: Penarth Town Council members understand that the narrowing of lower Plassey St to implement the one-way system, parking bays and cycle lane will inevitably result in the necessary removal of many of the existing street trees. This is seen as an acceptable compromise in order to improve the environment more generally.”
Penarth Town Council’s letter had added a rider saying “However, PTC would require that money will be guaranteed as ring-fenced within the project budget to ensure that the re-plaiting of new, suitable species of street trees within root cages takes place in order to preserve the tree-lined aspect of the street.”