House-building and other projects planned to start by the end of 2018 will collectively add hundreds more vehicles daily, including dozens of HGVs of all sizes, onto the A4055 through Dinas Powys.
“This doesn’t only effect people in Dinas Powys but those who need to commute along this vital route. Unless some order is put to the way projects are carried out we’re heading for a total break-down in transport in the Eastern Vale within the next couple of years. This is much sooner than was previously predicted, mainly because projects are being planned to run in parallel,” said Vale Councillor and Dinas Powys Community Council Chair Andy Robertson.
“Four major projects are each planned by developers to pour first construction vehicles and eventually new home-owners cars onto the main thoroughfare. And that’s just from plans projected to be generated from within the village boundaries.
“After years of promises in various reports a few days ago the Vale Traffic Department informed that a developer had not be called to contribute towards improving the Murch Road traffic light junction because ‘there was no feasible layout improvement that the applicants could undertake to mitigate for the impact of their development.’ This junction has been marked down for improvement in numerous council documents, including the Highways Impact Assessment in 2013 which informed the Local Development Plan (LDP).
“There is one thing that certainly can’t be done. That’s putting thousands more vehicles through Dinas Powys without the only infrastructure improvement that makes sense – a by-pass,” added Cllr Robertson.
The Dinas Powys By-Pass Steering Group is calling an urgent Public Meeting about the planned developments and the progress of the By-Pass proposals on Monday 13th November at 7.00p.m. at the Murchfield Community Centre in Sunnycroft Lane.
He explained that these matters are no longer just about the vital need for work to start on the By-Pass but a case of the economic, social and employment future of the Eastern Vale.
“Developers are pushing to build 50 houses at Cross Common, for which a complete new junction onto the Barry Road had to be constructed, costing £500,000.
“But when it comes to 230 houses at the former St Cyres Lower School and 70 at Caerleon Road everyone thinks they can converge on the existing Murch traffic lights next to the infant school. Despite admitting the Caerleon development would add to the already over-capacity traffic light junction of Murch Road and Cardiff Road the last Labour Council passed Outline Planning for the Caerleon development.
He explained that this also highlights how the Multi-Modal proposal to improve the capacity of junctions on the A4055 through Dinas Powys in the current WelTAG study is just plain unworkable.
“If developers get their way these four projects are all expected to begin construction during 2018. Each seems to be planned in isolation of the other, but are scheduled by developers to start simultaneously if planning is granted,” added Cllr Robertson.
He pointed out that there will be even more vehicles as the Barry Waterfront expands into Stages Two to Five with an eventual 4,000 homes plus commercial buildings, restaurants, bars and a hotel.
“Then add some of the vehicles generated by the 500 house Cog Estate and the smaller Hayes Wood development at the Bendricks.
“Now I’ve been told Welsh Water’s power generation project at the Cog Moors Treatment Works on the Barry Road will involve between 100 and 150 vehicles entering and leaving the site daily for two years.
“All of this is in addition to the current almost daily grid-lock on both the A4055 and Penny-Turnpike at peak times.”
Cllr Robertson explained that the Cross Common Road development would add 200 vehicle trips daily when complete.
“I’m not even counting the extra heavy goods vehicles pounding through our streets from the completion of the A4232 Cardiff Peripheral Road and more if the BioMix Incinerator plant goes ahead despite objections.
“Of course houses are needed but none of them should happen until the right infrastructure is put in place – including the by-pass. If developers can’t provide the necessary infrastructure improvements stipulated in the LDP then the development must be rejected until they can be provided.”