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
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
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 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
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 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.
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)
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” .