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M4 Relief Road Referendum

Newport Conservatives - Monday, March 01, 2021
M4 Relief Road Referendum


Newport Conservatives submit motion to Council calling on the Welsh Government to hold a Referendum on the M4 Relief Road


The Newport Conservative Council Opposition Group have submitted a motion to its Council calling on the Welsh Government to hold a Referendum on the M4 Relief Road.

The motion will be heard on the 3rd March 2021 at a full council meeting attended by all 50 elected Councillors from across the City.

The motion reads:-
“This Council acknowledges the need for an M4 Relief Road around Newport and calls on the Welsh Government to issue a special directive ordering the implementation of an advisory referendum within the Newport Local Authority boundary area.”



The motion is moved by Conservative Opposition Group Leader Cllr Matthew Evans MBE and seconded by Cllr William J Routley.

Newport’s Deputy Conservative Group Leader, Cllr William J Routley said, “Mark Drakeford has ignored the wishes of the people, a vast majority, who want the Relief Road built. We’re seeing big firms opening factories and warehouses on the English side of the Bristol Channel. Just look at the distribution centres on the Western Approach Business Park with Amazon, Next, Farm Foods, Boots and more. Big business should be locating near Newport, but they are not because of the congestion on the M4. It’s affecting our economy immensely. Our City desperately needs the Relief Road.”

Newport West Conservative Senedd candidate Michael Enea said, “Prior to the last Senedd election in 2016, Labour promised they would deliver a Relief Road. Mark Drakeford broke that promise. Given the overwhelming public support for the Relief Road, a referendum is entirely justifiable and warranted. There’s no excuses. Let the people decide with a straight yes or no referendum.”

Newport East Conservative Senedd candidate Gareth Hughes said, “In November 2019, a poll from WalesOnline found that double the amount of people favoured the Relief Road, than opposed it. Support was as high as 59% in the South East Valleys. I wouldn’t be surprised if public support is as high as 80% in Newport. We need this Relief Road built.”

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