DINAS POWYS BY-PASS CAMPAIGN – WE NEED YOUR HELP

The By-pass petition is going from strength to strength – but we still need more people to sign:

Has everyone in you home signed?

If not, please do so at: www.dinaspowysbypass.co.uk
Have you asked your friends, relatives, neighbours, everyone you know onLine to sign?
Will you help get more signatures door to door – even just your street?
Will you display a window poster: Sign DINAS BY-PASS PETITION

(If you can help please email or text your name and contact to comit.cymru@yahoo.com or call 02922214488).

WE’VE BEEN…

Lobbying the Vale of Glamorgan Council to:

Persuade them to put the Dinas Powys by-pass (they call it the Barry Waterfront to Cardiff Link Road) back in their Local Development Plan (LDP) and to apply to the Welsh Government for funding.

•   First Minister Carwyn Jones has said they would seriously consider the By-pass (initially proposed in 1928) if the Council applied to the Welsh Government.

•   Secretary of State for the Economy and Infrastructure Ken Skates A.M.  said in October 2016 he was to instruct his staff to meet with their counterparts in the Vale to find a way to solve the Dinas Powys traffic  problem, that would be fully funded.

•  The Press Release that followed the 12th December meeting and a recent Email from the Council added a caveat – that the solution ‘fits with the Council’s Local Development Plan’ – from which the Council has excluded the By-Pass.

(The By-Pass was included in the Conservative Council’s UDP in 2009 and was in every study and report – including those commissioned by councils –  between 2007 and 2013. When Labour took control of the Vale in 2011 their Leader, Ian Moore, talked of scrapping the LDP system. Instead, when they filed their draft LDP in 2013 they scrapped the Dinas Powys By-Pass instead).

   •  On 26th and 28th January the Independent Inspector evaluating the LDP will hear the final wind-up submissions and changes. He is expected to announce his findings in Mid-April 2017.

THE VALE COUNCIL PLAN 10,000 HOUSES IN THE NEXT FIVE YEARS –PUTTING 20,000 MORE VEHICLES ON VALE ROADS DAILY…40,000 MORE TRIPS EVERY DAY, the  majority through Dinas Powys.

Yes, it’s that serious.

THE VALE COUNCIL PLAN TO SELL LAND ADJOINING THE DIMAS POWYS HEALTH CENTRE TO BUILD 300 HOUSES – ADDING (AFTER CONSTRUCTION VEHICLES) 1,500 ROAD TRIPS DAILY ALONG MURCH ROAD.

IF THE HOUSES ARE BUILT FIRST THE  BY-PASS MAY NEVER HAPPEN

Very serious.

ACTION

We plan a totally peaceful, totally legal Protest PRESS / MEDIA PHOTO CALL next week. Obviously the element of surprise is paramount… but we need a small group there…just to stand with signs while interviews with TV and Press take place.

If you are keen to give real support to this campaign please call us on 02922214488 and we’ll contact you with the time and place.

We will send out further emails as the campaign progresses but please keep an eye on our website and in the local press.

BACKGROUND

For over 50 years a strip of land has been safeguarded along the proposed route of the by-pass (from the Barry Road / Green Lane turn-off over Pop Hill to Cross Common along to the Merrie Harrier). For many years a map of the lay-out has hung in the lobby of the Vale Council’s Planning Offices in the Barry Docks Building – the same building where the Inspector is holding the Deposit LDP Hearings.

                The proposed route of the Dinas Powys by-pass. The Vale Council conceded it "would partially address" traffic issues - but the decision was still "No"

The proposed route of the Dinas Powys by-pass from over 50 years ago. The previous Conservative administration in the Vale Council adopted the Unitary Development Plan (UDP) 1996-2011 and it supported the purpose of a by-pass.

In 2011, the new Labour controlled Vale Council started work on a Local Development Plan (LDP) to replace the UDP.  In order to inform their LDP, the Council commissioned various surveys and reports including a Highway Impact Assessment (HIA). But when their draft LDP was produced it failed to contain the vital infrastructure for the planned 10,000 house that the HIA indicated would be needed to avoid even worse congestion.

 Cllr Neil Moore, Labour leader of the Council said in 2012: “It is imperative that the final plan contains the right mix of development for the Vale and that it is fully supported by the necessary infrastructure.”

Cllr Lis Burnett, now Deputy Leader of the council said then: “The infrastructure was not bottomed out which led to concerns about the road network and air quality.”

Rob Thomas, then the council’s director of development services, and now its Managing Director said: “The potential for new highway corridors will have to be addressed, along with public transport.”

He added that “pinch points” in the existing road network would also be investigated and the housing developments could be phased in as improvements were made.

Five years on their new plan retains proposals for 10,000 houses but scraps the major infrastructure need of the Dinas Powys by-pass.

The Draft LDP offered for consultation in 2013 proposed dealing with the worsening traffic congestion identified and predicted in the HIA along the Barry – Cardiff corridor, with a policy of ‘modal shift’ to encourage less car use.

Councillors have said they want to encourage other forms of transport like walking and cycling with a single extra path between Cardiff and Barry. They also propose Park and Ride schemes at Barry Dock station and at Cosmeston Park but nothing in Dinas Powys. They talk about problems at various junctions including the Merrie Harrier and Baron’s Court but propose no actual improvement.

This suggestion for the Merrie Harrier has been put forward by our group to stimulate discussion and to show that improvement is possible.

In answer to a question from Welsh Conservative Leader Andrew R.T.Davies put in the Chamber in October 2016 Minister Ken Skates AM, triggered the new study, as not even minor improvements identified in the LDP are indicated for action.

An LDP Deposit Plan including the deletions and additions proposed to the Council by the Inspector following the initial Hearings was published in September 2016. But this did not include the by-pass. The final hearings on the Deposit Plan are at the end of January 2017. But no new submissions will be heard despite the Minister’s request for a further study and offer of funding.

The Welsh Government appointed Independent Inspector is expected to publish his findings in mid-April. This may or may not instruct the Council to change some parts of the LDP before it is adopted.

On 29 November 2016 a public meeting about the by-pass and the proposed 300 new house development in the Murch was held in the Dinas Powys Parish Hall.  Many local people attended and over 95% showed their support for a by-pass.  The meeting’s organisers and sponsors, the Dinas Powys Conservative Party, set up a non-political By-Pass Steering Group to campaign for the by-pass.