Lack of community consultation "unacceptable"

More must be done to engage with community representatives about the impacts of housing developments in west Cardiff – South Wales Central AM Andrew RT Davies has said.


Mr Davies yesterday met with representatives from Radyr and Morganstown Community Council, Pentyrch Community Council and St Fagans Community Council – as well as Danescourt Community Association and the North West Cardiff Group – to discuss traffic problems arising from the Plasdwr development.


Residents have complained about HGVs driving through local communities – ignoring a ban on site vehicles using local routes.


Several concerns were raised about lack of consultation – with all community councils claiming they received little notice of plans and there had been insufficient engagement from Cardiff Council.


Mr Davies said it was vital local community councils and action groups were at the forefront of the process – and will seek a meeting with Cabinet Member for Strategic Planning and Transport Caro Wild – in order to work collaboratively to address the issues.


He also called for robust action against HGV drivers ignoring the rules – and has requested a meeting with South Wales Police and Crime Commissioner Alun Michael to discuss it.


Mr Davies said, “The considerable issues arising from the developments to the west of Cardiff are unacceptable yet unsurprising – since insufficient infrastructure plans were put in place at the planning stage.


“Residents are right to say this cannot go on any longer – and it was a pleasure to meet with community councillors and residents’ associations from across the city to demand action.


“It cannot be right that those representatives at the heart of the communities affected have not been properly consulted – and this needs to change quickly.


“Congestion, speeding and HGVs ignoring statutory route guidance are all unacceptable – and must be dealt with. While many of us warned about the impacts the development will have – we must all work together to sort it out.


“I’ve therefore contacted both the Cabinet Member responsible and Police and Crime Commissioner – and I’ve requested meetings with them to discuss how we can work cross-party to address residents’ concerns.”




[Picture: Local community councillors meet with South Wales Central AM Andrew RT Davies at Clos Parc Radyr to demand action tackling traffic issues in west Cardiff]