The National Trust has blasted the plans of Cardiff International Airport to construct a new access road. This road, if proposals to build it are accepted, may run next to meadows which are an important part of the local habitat. Furthermore, the road, which will run through the Vale of Glamorgan, may negatively impact upon a beautiful village which has won numerous awards in the past. Currently, three options for the location of the road are being considered, and the Welsh Assembly Government has expressed its desire for local people to make their views known before any final decision is made.
However, for many people living in the Vale of Glamorgan, not one of the three options is satisfactory. The large majority of the inhabitants do not want to see a new road built at all and have already made such views public. Two of the road options are focussed around the A4232 from Junction 33 of the M4 but the third option, which is perhaps the most controversial choice, would see a new road link being built to the south of the M4 junction after the one proposed by the two other potential schemes.
Furthermore, the third option, which was initially proposed in 2003 but faced opposition almost straight away from the Vale council, will entail the construction of a bypass located at Pendoylan, a village which has won numerous awards as a result of its natural beauty and historic importance.
The National Trust believes that Lanlay Meadows, which could be affected by the construction of the road, would be adversely impacted upon. A spokesman for the National Trust revealed that the meadows are a “rare survival of a type of habitat and landscape that would once have been common”. He also expressed his concern about the impact of greenhouse gas emissions on the environment.