All talk on Island link road
7:01am Thursday 17th October 2013 in News
DISCUSSIONS on a second road linking Barry Island to the town are still ongoing, say the Vale Council – more than six months after they began.
The Vale Council, Welsh Government and Barry Waterfront Consortium (BWC) say they are involved in discussions about the Barry Island link road’s progression.
The Barry Waterfront Consortium – the developers behind the £230m The Quays scheme – first submitted plans for the £5m road in June 2010
The link road has been designed by the Consortium’s specialist traffic consultants to accommodate traffic to Barry Island and the new development will form an extension to the existing Ffordd-y-Mileniwm distributor road.
Barry Waterfront Consortium spokesman Richard Keogh, speaking to the Barry & District News in 2010, said: "From our original public exhibition and consultation work, through to our more recent meetings with local interest groups, we know just how important the link road is to people living in and around the area.
"This is a crucial part of the Waterfront scheme and the fact that we have submitted plans for the link road ahead of the outline application decision indicates our commitment to the project."
But Barry Island residents fear congestion on the Harbour Road causeway, to and from Barry Island, could lead to a fatality if a serious incident occurred.
And they have been campaigning for the road to be installed in its entirety.
Island Residents Association (IRA) member Ian Bailey pledged in June this year the group would continue to put pressure on the parties concerned.
Ian said: “We have been fobbed off by Cllr Lis Burnett. She has continuously told us we are in talks, we are in talks. How long are they going to talk for? The time for talking has past. The people of Barry Island are sick to the back teeth of being told ‘We are in talks’ We want to know when the second road is going to be built. Surely there must have been an agreement reached by now?
“We are not going to just go away. We need to know one way or another.”
Vale Council director of development service, Rob Thomas said: “We are still in three way discussions with the Welsh Government and the consortiums, but we remain committed to bringing the construction forward. As with all negotiations with a financial and legal basis, we are not in a position to provide any feedback on timings at this stage. However once progress continues we will be in a position to provide more details.”
The BWC and Welsh Government had not responded at the time of going to press.