Plans to build the long-awaited Dinas Powys bypass have been delayed once again as no funding can be found.
Details of how transport could be improved in the village were due to be revealed in spring this year.
But this has now been pushed back by the Vale of Glamorgan Council until November, as finding funding for the improvements is proving difficult.
In November, the council will set out the business case to the Welsh Government, in a process called the Welsh transport appraisal guidance (WelTAG).
Peter King, cabinet member for neighbourhood services and transport, said: “The ‘WelTAG stage two plus’ report for improvements to transport in Dinas Powys, including consideration of the bypass, is due to be presented to cabinet in November this year.”
He was updating councillors during a public meeting of the full council on September 21, on the plans for the Dinas bypass and the problems finding funding.
Cllr King said: “In respect of the active travel route between Barry and Dinas Powys, the council made a funding bid to the Welsh Government for this fiscal year, in order to progress this key active travel scheme.
“The bid to Welsh Government comprised a request for funding to take a detailed topographical survey costing £50,000; further ground investigation work costing £60,000; and a public stakeholder consultation costing about £1,000.
“Unfortunately the scheme wasn’t prioritised for funding by Welsh Government this year. As and when the opportunity rises, I will continue to seek funding for the scheme, which forms an important active travel link for this council.”
But as the population of Dinas Powys is set to grow rapidly, questions were raised about why it has taken so long for the council to get the transport projects off the ground.
Cllr Ian Johnson said: “There’s going to be a 20 per cent increase of the population in Dinas Powys. There’s lots of development and not a lot of infrastructure. The active travel route was part of the 2015 local transport plan, with a due finish date of 2020.
“It’s not beyond the wit of cabinet to allocate the funding towards that project, to kick start it. Will you do it?”
Responding, Cllr King said: “If any opportunity rises, we will certainly make further progress, because it’s a route that I'm particularly keen to see completed. It’s an integral part of the matrix that needs making up. So rest assured, when any opportunity rises, we will do it.”