Mabon ap Gwynfor MS and Liz Saville Roberts MP have called on the Welsh government to reconsider their decision to cancel the much needed Llanbedr bypass.
The Welsh Government has today announced it will cancel the £14m Llanbedr bypass scheme in Gwynedd as it fails climate change test.
Responding to today’s announcement, Plaid Cymru Senedd Member for Dwyfor Meirionnydd, Mabon ap Gwynfor said:
“This announcement is a real kick in the teeth for Llanbedr and for all of the coastal communities.
“The decision not to develop the link road was based solely on environmental reasons, with no weight or concern at all for community health, personal and mental wellbeing, and the wider environmental impacts.
“It’s clear that the report’s author has no understanding of life in rural Wales. If the Welsh Labour Government were genuinely concerned about the climate emergency, they would fund essential public services and transport for the people of Llanbedr and the surrounding communities.
“I would urge the Welsh government to go a step further and shut the M4 Motorway in the Minister’s own region, and force the hundreds of thousands who live in those urban areas to use public transport.”
Liz Saville Roberts, Plaid Cymru MP for Dwyfor Meirionnydd said:
“The community of Llanbedr has been crying out for years for a bypass to improve the quality of life for local residents.
“The community will be as disappointed as I am that the Welsh government has chosen to impose a blanket ban with scant understanding of the situation on the ground.
“At the height of the summer, with the combination of visitor traffic and heavy goods vehicles, the village often comes to a standstill. The volume of traffic driving through Llanbedr or standing idle with engines running is detrimental to the health and wellbeing of residents.
“The lack of decent access to Welsh Government-owned Llanbedr Airfield means that our own government is acting to prevent improvements which would boost the economy of rural north west Wales.
“I urge the Welsh government to immediately reconsider this decision.”