VALE COUNCIL REJECTS CALLS FOR “RESIDENTS-ONLY” PARKING ZONES IN PENARTH MARINA

The Vale has said "No" to Residents Parking here - but there is to be a "review"

The Vale has said “No” to “Residents-only” parking restrictions here – but there is to be a “review”

Penarth Marina residents have been told the Vale of Glamorgan Council will NOT  agree to their pleas to install “Residents-Only” parking zones in Penarth Marina.

Martin Whitehill - chairman of Penarth Marina Residents Association

Martin Whitehill – chairman of Penarth Marina Residents Association

A parking “summit meeting”  was held in private at the Compass Cafe at the Marina yesterday afternoon .

It was attended by Penarth Police Community Support Officers Rhys Allen and Gareth Parry, salaried Vale Councillors Lis Burnett and Gwyn Roberts (both Labour St Augustines), the Vale Council’s Operations Manager and local residents – including the chairman of the Penarth Marina Resident’s Association – Dr Martin Whitehill .

The meeting heard that the current parking problems in the Marina are  caused by increasing visitor-traffic generated by the official Welsh Government and Cardiff Council policy of promoting Cardiff Bay as a “leisure destination“.

Cardiff Barrage is being heavily promoted as a tourist destination - but only in Penarth Marina is parking "free"

Cardiff Barrage is heavily promoted as a tourist destination – but only in Penarth Marina is parking “free”

Residents heard that, in Cardiff Council territory, visitors are being “forced” to use official car parks. However in Penarth,  visitors have found Penarth Marina area is a “weak link” and they can park almost wherever they want to .The problem is getting worse and on summer weekends is now “severely and negatively impacting the quality of life and amenity of many residents“.

Residents at Tuesday night’s public/police liaison “PACT”  meeting and at yesterday’s meeting pressed the point that the only solution is to introduce Residents-only parking-zones and yellow lines throughout the neighbourhood – a move which would compel visitors to use the fee-charging car parks . However  Vale officials told residents it is the council’s current policynot to introduce resident-only parking”. 

IMG_3453PLAS TALIESIN / PLAS ST ANDRESSE: The parking “summit” has now agreed to carry out a “review” of the parts of Plas Taliesin and Plas St Andresse which have been adopted by the Vale of Glamorgan Council  (the red-tarmac areas are under  private management). The review of the Vale-controlled areas will include the installation of :-

  • Double yellow lines on  the “Plas Taliesin turning circle”
  • Yellow lines across the entrance to resident’s driveways to stop visitors hemming residents into their homes
  • Limited-stay street-parking
  • A “pilot scheme of resident-only parking” to be funded by residents on Vale-adopted  parts of Plas Taliesin and St. Andresse
  • Clearer road signage on Vale Council-adopted roads  throughout the neighbourhood
On Penarth Portway parked traffic takes up once side of the road, cyclists ignore the bike lanes and cars blithely drive along the red-pavement (Photo Colin Masterson)

On Penarth Portway parked traffic takes up one side of the road, cyclists ignore the bike lanes and cars blithely drive along the red-pavement (Photo Colin Masterson)

PENARTH PORTWAY : There is to be a separate review of problems on Penarth Portway (speeding, parking congestion and roundabout hazards) which will be undertaken with residents living on this road. (On Portway drivers often drive along the red-paved pavement rather than the road. Bollards may be installed here to deter them.)

In the meantime all residents witnessing anti-social behaviour are being asked to report it immediately by dialling 101 . Residents are also being asked to report illegal and inappropriate parking by calling  01656 643643

The Residents’ Association is now awaiting review documents from the Vale Council’s Operations Manager.

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FLORAL TRIBUTES LEFT FOR DEAD CYCLIST AS POLICE RENEW APPEAL FOR WITNESSES

A notice appealing for information about the accident has now been erected at St Augustine's Crescent

A notice appealing for information about the accident has now been erected at St Augustine’s Crescent

Floral tributes have been left at the scene of the accident

Floral tributes have been left at the scene of the accident

An official police notice has now been erected at St Augustine’s Crescent Penarth renewing the appeal for witnesses to an accident in which a cyclist was fatally injured on July 16th.

Floral tributes are also now being left at the scene.

The cyclist Martin Trinder (25) had been at the start of the descent of the steep hill leading down from St Augustine’s Crescent to Paget Road, Dock Hill and Cardiff Barrage when there was a collision with another vehicle -  believed to be a car .

The scene of the crash on July 16th

The scene of the crash on July 16th

The route is one regularly used by cyclists commuting in the mornings and evenings between Penarth and Cardiff

It’s not yet known whether the vehicle with which the cyclist collided was moving or whether any other person was involved.

The cyclist could not be identified at the time and was rushed to hospital in Cardiff. Police eventually established he came from Cardiff and were then able to trace his next of kin. It’s now been  now confirmed that Mr Trinder  succumbed to his injuries and has died.

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PENARTH BIZWATCH: ‘BLADES’ SET TO SNIP TIES WITH PLASSEY ST

The new Blades premises in Glebe Street are almost ready. Putting up the barbers' pole is next job on the list

The new Blades premises in Glebe Street are almost ready. Putting up the barber’s pole is next job on the list

Blades – the mens’ hairdressing salon is planning to move shortly from its  current premises in Plassey Street to a newly-fitted out shop just across the road in Glebe St .

The existing Blades Premises on Plassey St

The existing Blades Premises on Plassey St

The new shop – next to Elbo’s  and the Seabreeze estate agency- is closer to the town centre – and larger -  than the former premises.

The new shop is still receiving the finishing touches with the barber’s pole waiting to be erected and the odd bit of lettering to complete on the signage.

Although there are now an estimated thirty hairdressing businesses in Penarth business is flourishing.

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“GONE IN 120 SECONDS” – PENARTH POLICE FIND STUDENT’S STOLEN BOOKS

The bag was stolen in Windsor Rd and dumped at Bute Cottage Nursery

The bag was stolen in Windsor Rd and dumped at Bute Cottage Nursery

Penarth Police  have found and recovered the irreplaceable notebooks belonging to student Adrienne  which disappeared yesterday morning after being left momentarily in a hessian bag on the pavement outside the new Quality Carpets shop on the corner of Windsor Road and Arcot St.

Adrienne's car was parked outside this carpet shop on Windsor Road

Adrienne’s car was parked outside this carpet shop on Windsor Road

The bag -  containing the invaluable  coursework notebooks -  had been stolen within just seconds of her leaving it momentarily alongside a her car in Windsor Road, where she lives, whilst she was picking up a second bag from her home just 30 seconds away.

Penarth Police Community Support Officer Gareth Parry today found the missing books discarded in a skip behind Bute Cottage Nursery School less than a quarter of a mile away from where they had been originally stolen .

Student Adrienne  – who faces examinations next week – has thanked the police profusely for their help and all the “wonderful and supportive folk of Penarth” for helping in the search for the stolen property.

She says her experience is a cautionary tale for everyone but pays tribute to “the great community that is Penarth”.

 

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PENARTH LIFEBOAT CALLED TO “STRUGGLING SWIMMERS” NEAR SULLY ISLAND

Penarth D Class Lifeboat

Penarth’s busy D Class Lifeboat

Warm weather, plenty of sun,  a rising tide and – it almost goes without saying -  an odds-on chance that Penarth lifeboat would be called upon by the coastguards to make yet another rescue-run to Sully Island – and it was.

The D Class lifeboat was launched at 15.44 this afternoon after a three people were reported to have been swept off the rocky causeway connecting Sully Island with the mainland .

When Penarth Coastguard reached the scene the three 3 casualties had been helped out of the water by two bystanders but all three needed medical treatment – two for lacerations to their legs and feet and for water ingestion . The third was taken to hospital by ambulance after being carried from the water on a coastguard stretcher

The three had apparently been on Sully Island earlier in the day and had waded back to the mainland across the causeway only to find they had left belongings on the island . They attempted to return to the island to retrieve them onto to find the tide was still rising . All three were swept into the sea and had to swim back to the mainland and walk barefoot on the sharp rocks.  Two bystanders had helped them out of the water.

At 16.30 the D Class lifeboat  was being recovered at Penarth after this afternoons call to aid the swimmers

At 16.30 the D Class lifeboat was being recovered at Penarth after this afternoon’s call to aid a group of people swept off Sully Island causeway.

The lifeboat crew assisted paramedics, coastguard units and the police who were treating the casualties for injuries sustained during the incident including lacerations and water inhalation. The lifeboat returned to base at 16:30 whilst the casualties continued to receive medical attention from paramedics at Swanbridge.

SWIMMER SWEPT FROM BOAT

A man who'd gone swimming from the anchored powerboat couldn't get back aboard

A man who’d gone swimming from the anchored powerboat couldn’t get back aboard (Penarth Coastguard photo)

Just an hour later, a member of the public reported a call for help from a  “person in the water” off Penarth  who’d had been swimming from an anchored power boat.

The swimmer had underestimated the tide and was being swept away. A woman who had remained on the powerboat couldn’t the pull swimmer back aboard – nor pull up the anchor to manouevre the boat towards the swimmer.

Fortunately the swimmer (who has not been identified) was picked up by a passing boat just as the lifeboat was about to launch and safely puck back on board his powerboat .

Penarth Coastguard then kept the powerboat under observation until it was safely back inside Cardiff Barrage, and dispensed “safety advice”.

This much water weighs a tonne.

This much water weighs a tonne. The lifeboat crew already know that only too well – and the rescued kayaker standing alongside them now appreciates the fact(Penarth Coastguard photo)

Meanwhile the RNLI has launched a particularly-appropriate  new campaign – “Respect the Water” .To drive home the point, the institution has collected a tonne of the stuff to display in a transluscent tank on Mermaid Quay, along with a couple of Penarth lifeboat crew members and a rescued kayaker. ….And yes, – that much water does weigh a tonne.

The campaign is specifically aimed at people – particularly men – who think they can take on the sea and win. The  idea was to underscore just how heavy and just how powerful water really is  . The messages on the exhibit invites people to “Try pushing this tonne of water”  – and then imagine they’re are in the sea – and thousands of similar tonne-weights of water  are all around them – and all  moving at 4.5 knots – and poses the question “Think you can fight against it?”  .

It warns people “Don’t underestimate the power in strong currents and breaking waves around Cardiff Bay ” – or indeed anywhere and gives the bleak statistic that “last year 10 men lost their lives on the Welsh Coast” – although, as PDN has already reported, one of last year’s victims was a 14-year-old year old schoolgirl  Hollie McClymont.

 

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MARINA RESIDENTS TOLD TODAY’S PARKING ‘SUMMIT’ IS NOT A PUBLIC MEETING

Residents parking - and a 20mph limit could come to the whole of the Marina area

Residents parking could come to the whole of the Marina area

Demands for the introduction of  ‘residents-only parking’ in parts of Penarth Marina are to be discussed today in a private ‘parking summit meeting’ – which will be closed to public.

Penarth's Windsor Arms pub

Penarth’s Windsor Arms pub

Details of the meeting were revealed by police last night in an open – and very well-attended -  police/public PACT meeting held at the Windsor Arms pub at which there was sharp criticism from several Marina residents present when they heard that this afternoon’s top-level meeting  was to be “not open to the public”.

The new Compass Coffee shop is the venue for today's meeting at 14:00

The new Compass Coffee shop is the venue for today’s meeting at 14:00

Today’s meeting  is to be held at 14:00 at the new Compass Cafe on Penarth Portway and is to be attended by representatives of the two estate management companies (Seal and Penarth Portway).

Also attending will be Dr Martin Whitehill (chairman of the Marina Residents Association) and salaried Vale Councillor Gwyn Roberts (Labour St Augustines).

Cllr Lis Burnett (Labour  St Augustines)

Cllr Lis Burnett (Labour St Augustines)

 Cllr Gwyn Roberts (Labour St Augustines)

Cllr Gwyn Roberts (Labour St Augustines)

Neither Cllr Roberts or his fellow Vale councillor Lis Burnett (Labour St Augustines) turned-up at last night’s well-attended public PACT meeting – even though the meeting had been scheduled months in advance.

Town councillor Mike Cuddy (Labour St Augustines) said the two councillors sent their apologies but had “a couple of important meetings tonight”. 

The value of the normally ill-attended PACT meetings has been queried in the past by Cllrs Burnett and Roberts who have suggested it might be better to discuss matters privately with police and relevant individuals “over a cup of coffee” rather than hold formal public PACT meetings – [a move which would exclude the press and public from the proceedings].

The Police Community Support Officers attending last night’s PACT meeting were Gareth Parry and Rhys Allen who said today’s meeting at the Compass Cafe had been arranged by Cllr Roberts who had invited “the people who he thinks should be there”. 

Asked by a member of the public whether today’s meeting was to be a public meeting  PCSO Allen said “It is not a public meeting so far as I am aware” . He explained that one of the people involved had told him that if [today's] meeting was to be a public meeting he would not attend .

Civil enforcement officers - not police - would patrol residents parking in the marina

Civil enforcement officers – not police – would patrol residents parking in the marina

PARKING – WHO DOES WHAT? Moving to the parking issue, one resident said there seemed to be no clear distinction between what the police should be doing and what the council’s enforcement officers should be doing.  The enforcement officers – he understood – were not able to deal with incidents  of parking too-close to junctions for example. The PCSOs confirmed this was the case. That would be a police matter.

PCSO Allen said the main concern of the police was “obstruction” where parking caused “a danger – likely to cause an injury”. Parking over a dropped-kerb however was not only  a police matter but could also be dealt with by council enforcement officers . PCSO Parry said  they could direct council enforcement officers to specific problem areas .

Some roads in the marina come under a property mangement company

Some roads in the marina come under a property management company

A Marina resident said what caused confusion was there were two different sets of roads in the Marina . Roads with “red tarmac” were under managing agents Seal and Co – on which there was  residents-only parking,   whereas roads with “grey tarmac” were council roads on which there was currently no residents-only parking.

PCSO Allen said this was a good time to point out that “If residents-only parking is applied [in the Marina] “it will not be enforceable by the police” . It was established that the estate-management companies were responsible for enforcing parking regulations on their roads whilst the council enforcement officers patrolled the council roads. No council roads in the marina currently have residents-only parking restrictions but, if these were introduced, they would be enforced by council enforcement officers.

The spectacular views attract visitors to the waterside road.

The spectacular views attract visitors to the waterside road.

One resident  said there were “really inconsiderate parkers” who had no respect whatsoever  for local residents;  dog owners who drove up and allowed their animals to urinate in front lawns, other drivers who ate takeaways in their cars and threw the litter out onto the road and young people who smoked pot in cars in front of family homes. When these people were confronted, residents were met with a “torrent of verbal abuse”.

The resident  said he had been given to understand when invited to last night’s PACT meeting that “it was going to be the forum to discuss the matter” .  He said local residents should be told about the  “separate meeting” [to be held today], and should be invited to it and “have a voice there”  . He also understood that no one who would be attending [today's] meeting actually lived on the streets that were suffering the parking problems and the issue wasn’t just about parking but the side-effects .  He said “At the moment there is nothing in place that supports us – the local residents. Residents-only parking’is a reasonable solution that would offer a deterrent. ”  

Other residents agreed it was the “only solution to the problem” but no one at the meeting disagreed with PCSO Parry when he said “This is not going to  be a quick fix”.

Penarth Portway - parking and speeding motorists make life difficult for residents (Photo Colin Masterson)

Penarth Portway – parking and speeding motorists make life difficult for residents (Photo Colin Masterson)

20 MPH SPEED LIMIT:Members of the public also highlighted problems of speeding on Penarth Portway which makes it difficult for residents living there to drive safely out of their properties, and  of  “several near misses” on the roundabout that it leads to.

It’s understood that today’s private meeting with police and councillors will also consider the imposition of a 20mph limit in the Marina.

An earlier Vale of Glamorgan proposal - endorsed by Cllrs Burnett and Roberts – for a 20 mph limit across the whole of of Penarth was junked last year after being overwhelmingly rejected in a  Vale Council public consultation   http://tinyurl.com/kp27sf9

Elsewhere in Penarth parking problems were also reported near  Bute Cottage Nursery on the corner of West Terrace and Dingle Road -an area not visited by enforcement officers . PCSO Parry said this was an issue for the police not the enforcement officers.

PCSO Allen said that in reporting parking problems anywhere it was always worth taking a photograph of the offending car with its registration but advised Penarth residents to “do that discreetly” to avoid “confrontations”  .

 

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PENARTH’S TALL SHIP FLIES THE FLAG FOR WALES AT THE COMMONWEATH GAMES

Penarth's "Challenge Wales" - the largest sailing vessel in the country - with trustee Vicky Williams

Penarth’s “Challenge Wales” – the largest sailing vessel in the country – with trustee Vicky Williams

The Penarth-based round-the-world ocean racer “Challenge Wales” will be grabbing her share of the limelight at the Commonwealth Games this week as she takes part in a historic event on the Clyde – The Commonwealth Games Flotilla.

Over 250 boats of all shapes and sizes will be taking part in this once-in-a-lifetime event and will depart Greenock on Saturday 26 July before making sailing into the  heart of the Glasgow  to join in the celebrations of the 2014 Commonwealth Games.

The crew of "Challenge Wales - wishing the Welsh Commonwealth Games Team all the luck there is.

The crew of “Challenge Wales – wishing the Welsh Commonwealth Games Team “all the luck” there is.

Challenge Wales – commanded by Penarth skipper Andy Hall -  is supporting Team Wales and their “#poblwc2014″  campaign (it literally means “every luck for 2014″) .

With six Challenge Wales crew and a group of Welsh young people aboard she’ll be bedecked with Welsh flags for the thousands of spectators who are expected to gather to watch.  The Flotilla finishing-line is Pacific Quay -  the heart of the music, sporting and cultural celebrations.

Challenge Wales is also taking part in a “Small Ships Race” – a two-day non-stop race against other sail training vessels and young people from all over the UK. It’ll be a taster for what Penarth’s tallest will be tackling this  summer as she participates in  one of London’s biggest events this year; The Tall Ships Regatta.

Challenge Wales can be followed on  www.twitter.com/challengewales and on  www.marinetraffic.com (search for Challenge Wales).

 

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