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Vale M4 road will have devastating impact, say campaigners

A DECISION is due in April on whether to press ahead with plans to build a controversial new road in the Vale.

The proposed road would link Junction 34 on the M4 with Sycamore Cross on the A48, and would cost more than £66 million.

The plans have drawn heavy criticism from villagers in Pendoylan whose houses would be knocked down, cyclists using key routes across the Vale which could be blocked off, and Coed Cymru which has warned ancient woodland would be felled to make way for the road.

After a public consultation on the road lasting several months, the Vale council has now revealed a decision on progressing the project is due in April.

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A Vale council spokesperson said: “Bids have been made to Welsh Government for funding for this scheme under the Local Transport Fund but not for WelTAG Stage 3. Information on these bids should soon be available on the council website.

“Responses received as part of the consultation exercise, which closed on December 23, have been mixed and a full report on the views expressed is currently being compiled.

“A technical review group will meet in March to consider the consultation, followed by a report to cabinet the following month. This report will determine if the project is to progress.”

WelTAG Stage 3 means the Vale council writing up a full business case for the new road, and forms part of the process for applying for funding from the Welsh Government. If the council goes ahead with the road, this stage would likely involve choosing a preferred route.

Campaigners are claiming the public consultation received thousands of objections, and are calling on the Vale to drop the plans to build the new road.

A spokesperson for Vale Communities for Future Generations said: “The thousands of objections to this road scheme received from a wide range of interest groups will hopefully help Vale councillors understand that their road scheme is viewed as outdated and that the world has moved on since 2017 when it was first proposed.

The plans to build the road were also slammed by local Conservatives Matt Smith, running as the Senedd candidate in the Vale of Glamorgan, and Councillor Vincent Bailey, leader of the Tory group on the Vale council.

They both called for the funding to be spent instead on improving the road network between Cardiff and Barry.

Mr Smith said: “I think it’s time that the Welsh Labour Government and council scrap this proposed road. This will have a devastating effect on the village of Pendoylan.”

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