April 19, 2021

Newyddion Cymru Ar-Lein : Wales News Online

Newyddion Lleol a Chenedlaethol Cymru – Local and National News for Wales

Vale council formally cancels plans to build M4 to A48 link road after losing funding

THE Vale of Glamorgan council has formally cancelled its plans to build a controversial road linking the M4 with the A48.

The road would have linked Junction 34 of the M4 with Sycamore Cross on the A48. Last week the Welsh Government announced it would no longer fund the road.

The decision to scrap funding for the project came off the back of a major new Welsh transport strategy, with more focus on cycling, walking and public transport.

After the announcement, campaigners and opposition councillors called on the Vale council to confirm it was dropping the plans. The council announced on Monday, March 22, it would.

The council had said the road was needed to improve connectivity across the region, including to Cardiff Airport and the St Athan enterprise zone. £413,000 has already been spent on consultants planning where the road would be built.

Councillor Vincent Bailey, leader of the Conservative group on the Vale council, said:

“The Welsh Government has finally listened to campaigners and acknowledged the strength of local opposition to this harmful scheme.

“The Vale council should now confirm that the plans are being permanently scrapped so that the local community can finally put this horror show behind them and move on.

“Anyone who knows the local area knows that these plans would have decimated Pendoylan and neighbouring villages, causing irreversible harm to the local countryside.”

A spokesman for the Vale Communities for Future Generations said:

“The council has repeatedly ignored concerns that have been raised and have appeared determined to bulldoze through their proposal to build this road come what may.

“It is shocking that so much public money has been wasted on these flawed road studies when there are so many individuals, businesses and Vale of Glamorgan council services which need support in these challenging times.

“The emotional impact and potential blight on those living in the Ely Valley cannot be understated. Reside