2020 Update – In the Budget in March 2020 the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rishi Sunak, announced funding towards the Pant and Llanymynech bypass project. The funding will enable consultation on the plans and there are still many issues to be addressed including the actual route of any new road.
As in previous consultations, there are many views in favour of a bypass, including from local MPs, Shropshire Council and Llanymynech and Pant Parish Council but residents will be able to put their comments forward about any negative aspects, not least the replacement of a 30 mph road with a much louder one with a probable national speed limit.
PROs cited include: Less traffic through the villages, fewer accidents and delays, less pollution along the A483 and a quieter village.
However, so villages list CONs including building on a floodplain, increasing noise in the environment due to higher speed traffic and less potential trade at the pub and shop.
Once details of the consultation are announced, and how residents can have their say, we will publish them here.
It was 13 years ago that the UK and Welsh Governments first agreed to put forward bypass plans to reduce traffic through the two villages on the A483, but nothing came of them. Now, Welsh Assembly Transport Minister Edwina Hart AM has given the go-ahead for a new report, which could lead to a Pant bypass.
The news has been welcomed by Owen Paterson, MP for North Shropshire, William Powell, Liberal Democrat AM for Mid and West Wales, Llanymynech Councillor Arthur Walpole and Dilys Gaskill, Chair of Llanymynech and Pant Parish Council.
A bypass brings with it the prospect of safer roads and less noise for the village, but the downside may be that local businesses which rely on the passing traffic may suffer and even close. What do you think?
Please do let us know your thoughts on the bypass and/or what else could be done to improve our village!