Hands off our kids (children's) health

I WAS amused and surprised at the vitriolic tone of the reply from Mrs Davies (Penarth Times, December 12) to my letter (November 21).

I recall being similarly criticised some time back for highlighting the danger to cyclists on the Barry/Cardiff road from another mud-slinger. It seems that it is controversial ground to raise fears for others safety when it comes to local politics! (Such a dirty game I’ve found!)

Still, it affords me the opportunity of re-stating the facts. There are high levels of pollution at the Murch Road traffic lights. More traffic coming from the 2000 homes being built in South Barry and the 440 homes planned by the Labour-led Vale of Glamorgan Council Cabinet in Dinas Powys will inevitably lead to higher levels.

I would much prefer my kids, sorry children, being taught in a building next to fields and trees than a few feet from diesel smoke-spewing artic's, vans and cars, but you are entitled to your own opinion. I’m just glad that my kids, sorry children, didn’t ‘benefit’ from such a chairman of governors.

I have the highest admiration for headteacher Mrs Thomson and her excellent staff who have to deal with the decisions of those members who wield power in Barry. I also commend the Governors who do a very difficult job, as I can testify myself first-hand, over many years at two local schools.

What a shame that Dinas Powys Community Council does not also ‘benefit’ from such clear thinking. I have served on the Council for 21 unbroken years and have not come across a single Labour councillor. They did not put anyone up at the last election.

I hope Mrs Davies that you have already forwarded your comments re the LDP to the Vale of Glamorgan Council and I urge all residents of the Vale to do likewise and ensure that your voice is heard. The closing date is December 20, 2013.

I hope Mrs Davies, that you don’t spend your precious time in future traffic jams and there will be free-flowing traffic and a safe cycle/walkway all the way from Barry Waterfront to Cardiff Bay, but maybe I’m just being ‘naive’.

Merry Christmas to you and all Penarth Times readers and heartfelt apologies if I have offended anyone.

Councillor Chris Williams

Via e-mail

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