MORE than 100 people attended a consultation which was held this week into a £15,000 village traffic study.
Residents were invited to attend the sessions and air their views on traffic issues and opportunities for Dinas Powys.
It was held at the Parish Hall in Britway Road from1.30-6.30pm on Monday, March 13, and saw 120 people come along to voice their views.
It followed another discussion on the subject, held for invited representatives including elected members from the Vale council, transport operators and community councillors six days earlier.
The Vale of Glamorgan Council recently agreed to a joint funded £15,000 study with the Welsh Government exploring issues and the consultancy group responsible for coordinating the meetings will now collate their findings and a draft report will be considered by the council in due course.
Cllr Peter King, cabinet member for building services, highways and transportation, speaking after this week’s consultation, said: “The Vale of Glamorgan Council appreciates what an important issue this is for residents of Dinas Powys and we are delighted so many attended what was an extremely productive consultation session.
“There were a number of interesting ideas put forward, which we will now go away and consider before deciding the best way forward.”
Plaid Cymru councillor Chris Franks said that it was frustrating that the issue of the bypass being down played and said it seemed there was no attempt to engage with this option.
“Many people feel that the sale of St Cyres land at the top of Murch Road will seriously encroach upon the route of any bypass," he said.
“The sale of this land is supported by the Conservatives however it must be recognised that the route of the bypass was through this land.
“There was also no attempt to focus on the Cardiff city region that the Vale has joined.
“This means that the Vale council has handed over authority to Cardiff and valley councils regarding major schemes such as the bypass.
“Again the city region has the full support of the Conservatives even though it will further reduce the chances of a bypass.
“Do we really believe that valley councils will back a bypass?”
Cllr Vince Driscoll, chairman of the Vale Conservatives, said that everyone is frustrated about the current administration’s “failure to recognise the need for a bypass”.
He said: “People should remember that Plaid Cymru held the transport ministry in the Welsh Government but did nothing to progress the Dinas Powys bypass.
“We have been fighting the encroachment of a development on the line of the bypass since we found out about it 18 months ago.”