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Plans to build the long-awaited Dinas Powys bypass have been delayed once again as no funding can be found.
Details of how transport could be improved in the village were due to be revealed in spring this year.
But this has now been pushed back by the Vale of Glamorgan Council until November, as finding funding for the improvements is proving difficult.
In November, the council will set out the business case to the Welsh Government, in a process called the Welsh transport appraisal guidance (WelTAG).
Peter King, cabinet member for neighbourhood services and transport, said: “The ‘WelTAG stage two plus’ report for improvements to transport in Dinas Powys, including consideration of the bypass, is due to be presented to cabinet in November this year.”
He was updating councillors during a public meeting of the full council on September 21, on the plans for the Dinas bypass and the problems finding funding.
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Cllr King said: “In respect of the active travel route between Barry and Dinas Powys, the council made a funding bid to the Welsh Government for this fiscal year, in order to progress this key active travel scheme.
“The bid to Welsh Government comprised a request for funding to take a detailed topographical survey costing £50,000; further ground investigation work costing £60,000; and a public stakeholder consultation costing about £1,000.
“Unfortunately the scheme wasn’t prioritised for funding by Welsh Government this year. As and when the opportunity rises, I will continue to seek funding for the scheme, which forms an important active travel link for this council.”
But as the population of Dinas Powys is set to grow rapidly, questions were raised about why it has taken so long for the council to get the transport projects off the ground.Cllr Ian Johnson said: “There’s going to be a 20 per cent increase of the population in Dinas Powys. There’s lots of development and not a lot of infrastructure. The active travel route was part of the 2015 local transport plan, with a due finish date of 2020.
“It’s not beyond the wit of cabinet to allocate the funding towards that project, to kick start it. Will you do it?”
Responding, Cllr King said: “If any opportunity rises, we will certainly make further progress, because it’s a route that I'm particularly keen to see completed. It’s an integral part of the matrix that needs making up. So rest assured, when any opportunity rises, we will do it.”
The Vale of Glamorgan council attempted to hold its first full council meeting via video-conferencing technology on Monday, September 21.
But councillors complained that excessively loud feedback and echoes left it impossible to understand what others were saying.
General confusion about the voting process also hampered efforts of one of the key parts of local democracy, while some votes were recorded incorrectly.
The Vale council’s IT department was criticised, as other councils and organisations across the country have coped with the switch to new technology, allowing people to socially distance and meet virtually.
But six months after regulations allowing councils to hold public meetings remotely came into force, the Vale council isstill struggling to adapt to the new necessary technology.
One prominent member of the council is e former leader of the Conservative group in the Welsh Assembly has been elected to his local council to fight the closure of a village school.