PEOPLE campaigning for a bypass through Dinas Powys believe their aim has moved a step closer after the Vale council leader said finding a solution to congestion in the area is a “priority”.

The head of the Dinas Powys Bypass Steering Group has said that he believes plans for a bypass through the village have never moved forward in “such a positive manner” following a meeting with the new leader of the Vale of Glamorgan council.

Supporters of a Dinas Powys bypass believe a new road would solve congestion problems in and around the village.

The new leader of the Conservative-led Vale council said that he is looking forward to working with the group to find a solution to the traffic jams on and around Cardiff Road.

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At present the A4055 is the main road leading to and through the village, apart from single and country lanes.

Rod Harrod, chairman of Dinas Powys Bypass Steering Group, said the group had received “full support” from the council following a meeting last Wednesday.

“Within a couple of days of the cabinet being formed we had a very successful conference call,” said Mr Harrod.

“It was extremely well received and the leader confirmed the council’s full support for a bypass.

“I cannot stress how much a bypass is needed.”

The former journalist added that “there had never been a time” when bypass plans had “moved forward in such a positive manner”.

He said: “There really hasn’t been such positivity around the plans like now.

“We have tried to present plans which would not just benefit transport in Dinas Powys but in the surrounding area too.”

Cllr John Thomas, leader of the Vale council, said: “I was very pleased to be able to meet with representatives from Dinas Powys to discuss both their and our aspirations for improving the traffic situation in the village.

“I recognise the understandable concerns over the significant congestion in Dinas Powys at certain times of the day and finding a solution is a priority for me and the new administration.

“This meeting, during which representatives were able to share their ideas and thoughts, is an initial step and I look forward to continuing the dialogue over the next few weeks and months.”