TEEN POWERBOAT SKIPPERS IN BAY COLLISION ARE CLEARED

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VALE COUNCILLORS ARE TOLD NOT TO ABUSE OR INSULT EACH OTHER

IMG_3070A new protocol of “standards of conduct” is being introduced for  Vale of Glamorgan Councillors ;  a protocol which, perhaps unintentionally, may shed light on the way some councillors in the Labour-controlled authority have been behaving up to now.

The new rules tell councillors that when they’re in public they are now expected to :-

  • show respect for each other
  • refrain from making personal abusive comments about each other
  • not to publish anything insulting about each other
  • not to make malicious allegations against each other
  • not to publish or spread any false information about each other
  • “show respect to diversity and equality”
The council chamber of the Vale of Glamorgan

The council chamber of the Vale of Glamorgan

In meetings they are now expected to :-

  • behave with dignity
  • show respect to the chairman and obey his or her decisions
  • not to use indecent language or make racial remarks, or remarks which prejudice any section of society

Councillors are being warned that they must not release “written or oral confidential information to the press or public” and that the guidelines will apply to “all oral and written communication including email, text messages and comments appearing on any social media websites”.

The new protocol is in addition to the existing Members Code of Conduct and Member-Officer Protocol.

 

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PENARTH TOWN PLAN PLEA – “DON’T MAKE ESPLANADE LOOK LIKE AUSCHWITZ”

A White Design concept for the Esplanade includes an archway criticised for being like Auschwitz concentration camp.

A White Design concept for the Esplanade includes an archway criticised for being like that of Auschwitz concentration camp.

White Design – the Bristol company engaged by Penarth Town Council to develop the Penarth Town Plan is being asked to junk their concept for an archway in their concept for development of the Esplanade because it resembles the infamous WW2 Nazi concentration camp at Auschwitz.

White Design displayed a concept design for changing the look of the Esplanade during public presentations at the Paget Rooms last autumn – which has already been criticised as it appears to have dispensed with bus stops.

Is the proposed Penarth Esplanade Archway too similar to Auschwitz?

Is the proposed Penarth Esplanade Archway too similar to Auschwitz?

White Design’s illustration featured what appeared to be a cast-iron archway at the entrance to the Esplanade -  with the word “Esplanade” at the top of the arch .

PDN poster Brian Stephens says “Please don’t put up that ‘Arbeit Macht Frei’ style archway over the road. … The very style of the archway is reminiscent of Auschwitz concentration camp.”

The Penarth Town Plan is still under development. The town’s Policy and Resources Committee has been told that in  February/March 2014 White Design were paid £5721 “for consultancy service in connection with the Town Plan”.

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BEFORE AND AFTER THE 1000-TONNE PENARTH CLIFF LANDSLIDE

 

The picturee on the left was taken in October 2012 - the one on the right yesterday

The picture on the left was taken in October 2012 – the one on the right yesterday

Archive pictures taken of the area of cliff near the Kymin which collapsed onto Penarth foreshore yesterday illustrate full extent of the landslide.

This morning Welsh Water estimated that the total amount of debris from the landslide was not 30 tonnes, and not as later estimated 150 tons,  but was actually nearer 1000 tonnes. (Their estimate was originally 2000 tons but revised downwards)

Location of landslide

Location of landslide

Today Penarth Town council officials including the Town Clerk Shan Bowden and Deputy Town Clerk Keri Hutchings were on the scene to inspect the grounds of the Kymin – which are owned by the Town Council and are adjacent to the rock-fall. The Kymin grounds and boundaries walls not affected and the Kymin is open to the public as usual

The foreshore in the vicinity of the rock fall will remain cordoned off for some time. Beachwalkers are being advised to use the height of the cliff – and indeed all cliffs – as a rough and ready safety guide .

Experts say that they should keep the same distance away from the base of the cliff as the height of the cliff. The Penarth Head cliffs are at least 200 feet high- which means keeping 200 feet away from the cliff base.

The beach route around the headland to Cardiff Barrage is blocked but the Vale of Glamorgan Council and Welsh Water who are working on replacing the Kymin beach sewer say it this will be removed within 24 hours

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PENARTH LIFEBOAT IN SEARCH FOR MISSING FISHING BOAT

Penarth Lifeboat has been alunched this evening

Penarth Lifeboat was launched earlier this evening

Penarth Lifeboat was launched tonight to search for a 19 foot long white-hulled fishing boat called “Ellie May”.

The boat’s skipper reported engine trouble and was apparently adrift somewhere between Cardiff and Newport.

It’s understood  the boat didn’t have a working VHF transmitter or any distress flares on board and was having to communicate by mobile phone. She was towed into Newport Sailing Club by the lifeboat which then returned to base at Penarth.

A full video of the rescue can be viewed here: -  Penarth Lifeboat rescues fishing boat off Newport

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KYMIN CLIFF LANDSLIDE CAUSES MAJOR EMERGENCY ALERT AT PENARTH ESPLANADE

The two landslides which brought down several tons of rock and debris onto the beach. Almost immediatelyabove are houses off Bradford Place.

The two landslides which brought down several tons of rock and debris onto the beach. Almost immediately above are houses off Bradford Place.

A 150-ton rock fall sparked a major emergency alert on Penarth foreshore this afternoon  when it was feared that beach-walkers might have been trapped beneath it. 

Paramedics, police , fire engines and coastguard vehicles lined the Esplanade . In the background are yellow diggers being used by  on the foreshore by Welsh Water contractors.

Paramedics, police , fire engines and coastguard vehicles lined the Esplanade . In the background are yellow diggers being used  on the foreshore by Welsh Water contractors.

Two separate landslides within yards of each other brought a mound of rocks and debris crashing down onto the beach. Penarth Coastguard, ambulances, the South Wales Fire and Rescue  raced to Penarth Esplanade

The South Wales Police helicopter surveyed the landslip from the air

The South Wales Police helicopter surveyed the landslip from the air

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A South Wales Police helicopter hovered overhead using heat-seeking equipment check if anyone was trapped by the fall – and found nothing.                                                                                           

Police coastguards are fire-fighters on the foreshore

Police coastguards and fire-fighters on the foreshore

A Penarth Coastguard team with police and fire fighters set out north from the pier to comb the foreshore for possible casualties and inspected the concrete sewer enclosure on the foreshore which is currently being renovated by Welsh Water.

Rescue teams take a breather after completing a thorouogh search of the foreshore

Warm work : Rescue teams take a welcome breather after completing a thorough search of the foreshore

By 2.15 they had completed their sweep of the foreshore and reported that there were no casualties and no one had been in the vicinity when the collapse occured. They handed over the incident to the local authority, the Vale of Glamorgan Council.

These houses in Bradford Place seem to be the closest to the fall

These houses in Bradford Place seem to be the closest to the fall

One eyewitness thought the landslide could  have been triggered by the civil engineering works being carried out by Welsh Water on Penarth’s now-derelict Northern Esplanade under which a Victorian  egg-section sewer is being replaced. Heavy plant is being used on the foreshore almost directly adjacent to where the rockfall occurred.

A South Wales Police helicopter hovering over the landslip area this afternoon searching for anyone who might have been trapped

A South Wales Police helicopter hovering over the landslip area this afternoon searching for anyone who might have been trapped

Strollers on Penarth Pier had a good view of both the rock fall itself and the ensuing activity. The Pier  and promenade were packed with Sunday afternoon strollers enjoying other day of bright sunshine.

 

The landslide occurred immediately next to where Welsh Water are carrying out excavations on the foreshore.

The landslide occurred immediately next to where Welsh Water are currently carrying out excavations using heavy plant and machinery on the foreshore at the end of the old Northern Esplanade.

Visitors and locals are now being warned to keep away from the cliffs around the Kymin and beneath Bradford Place for the time being.

Heavy plant and machinery was being used by Welsh Water’s contractors Morgan Sindall to break open the old Penarth Northern Esplanade and replace a large  sewer which runs along it and down towards the sea . The work is scheduled to last all summer .

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PENARTH PIER PAVILION APPLIES TO CALL ITSELF “PENARTH PIER PAVILION”

The front of the refurbished Penarth Pier Pavilion

The front of the refurbished Penarth Pier Pavilion

Penarth Pier pavilion before refurbishment started

Up until last year the pavilion bore the prosaic title “Penarth Pier”. The PACL appeal banners mis-spelled the word “pavilion”

The newly refurbished Penarth Pier Pavilion has lodged a planning application with the Vale of Glamorgan Council requesting permission to erect a sign on the front entrance of the  building bearing the name “Penarth Pier Pavilion” .

Penarth Arts and Crafts Ltd,  the company which has leased the Pavilion for 125 years from the Vale of Glamorgan Council, needs planning permission for the new sign because the building lies within the Penarth Conservation Area.

The old green "Penarth Pier " sign was  painted over last year.

The old green “Penarth Pier ” sign was finally painted over last year.

When drumming up support for the renovation project Penarth Arts and Crafts placed large banners on the facade which mis-spelled the word “pavilion” – adding an extra e “l”.

Prior to renovation the painted sign on the front of the pavilion had simply, but inaccurately, described the building as as “Penarth Pier”.

This sign was painted out last year when the entire building was re-painted at the end of the renovation project.

Penarth Piwer Pavilion posterThe Pavilion was originally opened as a the “Pier Pavilion, Penarth”  – an auditorium  primarily for touring concert-parties. Performances were twice daily at 3.00pm and 8.00 pm . In the afternoons patrons who sat in the front seats were served with free afternoon tea . In later years the pavilion was to became a cinema, a ballroom (The Marina)  and a gymnasium.

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