Monmouth Assembly Member Nick Ramsay has described how he has been inundated with e-mails from constituents worried about the proposed M4 Black Route, which they fear would cause irreparable damage to the unique and protected landscape of the Gwent levels.
Other concerns include the cost of the project which opponents say goes against the Wellbeing of Future Generations Act (2015) and the Environment (Wales) Act 2016.”
Speaking today, Mr Ramsay said:
“I’ve been inundated with more objections to this scheme than to anything else I can remember during my time as an Assembly Member.
“Whilst we clearly need a solution to peak-time congestion along this stretch of motorway, the concerns of Gwent Wildlife Trust and the Future Generations Commissioner must be taken into account.
“I’ve also been concerned about plans to ‘de-motorway’ the existing M4 as part of the scheme, since the old M4 will continue to be the main route westwards for my constituents and I wouldn’t want to see a loss of capacity in this part of the network.
“I’m pleased the Public Inquiry has been looking at a range of solutions - including the ‘blue route’ - and I look forward to debating its conclusions when they are published.”