POLICE IDENTIFY THE CYCLIST SERIOUSLY HURT IN LAST NIGHT’S PENARTH CRASH

Police now know wo the injured cyclist is and are tracing his next of kin

Police now know who the injured cyclist is and are tracing his next of kin

Police have now discovered the identity of the cyclist who was seriously hurt last night in a crash on St Augustine’s Crescent Penarth – the top of a  steep hill leading down to Cardiff Barrage from St Augustine’s Church .

Earlier South Wales Police had issued a description of the 25-30 year old man, his clothing and the bike he was riding in the hope that someone would come forward to identify him .

Considerable emergency medical treatment was given to the cyclist on site. The victim is not in shot in this picture

Considerable emergency medical treatment was given to the cyclist on site. The victim is not in shot in this picture

The man was carrying no identification on him when his bike was involved in what the police described as a “collision” at the point where St Augustine’s Crescent joins St Augustine’s Road.

The casualty has no been positively identified as man from Cardiff and police are now in the process of notifying his next of kin.

Both St Augustines Crescent and St Augustine’s road were both closed by police last night as paramedics gave the man extensive medical treatment as he lay on the road . Once his condition was stabilised  he was taken by ambulance to the Heath Hospital in Cardiff,

Several local residents rushed from their homes to offer their help . The accident happened just after 17.30 when the steep  route is usually busy with cyclists and traffic.

South Wales Police are now appealing for witnesses  to contact them on 101 quoting reference number 1400256228.

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CAMERAS OF YESTERYEAR GO ON SHOW AT TURNER HOUSE PENARTH

Some of the vintage cameras on show at Turner House

Some of the vintage cameras on show at Turner House

Vintage cameras – some more than 100 years old – have gone on show today at the Ffotogallery at Turner House, on Plymouth Road, Penarth .

This Russian Zorki is an unashamed copy of a German Leica

This Russian Zorki is an unashamed copy of a German Leica and now a collectors’ item

The “Vintage Camera Fair” is on for today only until 3.00 pm and features a fascinating range of film cameras from the early 20th century through to the “last days” of film when digital photography the business of capturing images .

On show are vintage box brownies, early bellows cameras, Russian copies of German Leicas, twin-lens reflexes, plate cameras and the now-obsolescent instant-print Polaroid cameras.

A gaggle of photographers attended today's fair - and could even buy film there

A gaggle of photographers attended today’s fair – and could even buy film there

Dozens of photographers turned up at today’s event to meet fellow-enthusiasts and see again vintage cameras which are now collectors’ items.

Also represented at the fair was a Cardiff company Express Imaging which still supplies and develops all sizes of photographic film.

Ilford films may no longer be made in Ilford – but they’re still manufactured and supplied  by this Cardiff specialist firm.

This Mamiya C330 heralded the beginning of the domination of  Japanese cameras

This Mamiya C330 from the 1970s marked the beginning of the domination of Japanese cameras

The company will also extract old still an d cine film jammed in un-openable old cameras and – if possible- develop it. Students and professionals who still work in film are also catered for with a complete developing and printing service. Express Imaging is on http://www.expressimaging.co.uk.

Today’s event is not, apparently, part of Penarth Summer Festival and seemed to have had little advance publicity .

The  Turner Gallery is owned by the National Museum of Wales and normally admission is free but today the admission charge is £5.00

Today’s Vintage Camera Fair closes at 3.00 pm

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PENARTH COUNCILLORS CLASH ON CARDIFF / VALE MERGER PROPOSAL

The controversial Williams Report suggests merging the Vale of Glamorgan with Cardiff

The controversial Williams Report suggests merging the Vale of Glamorgan with Cardiff

Penarth councillors clashed last night on proposals by the Welsh Assembly Government to re-organise local government in Wales  – and specifically to merge the Vale of Glamorgan with Cardiff.

Under consideration at last night’s meeting of Penarth Town Council’s Policy Committee was a Welsh Government White Paper setting out the Welsh Assembly Government’s “initial thoughts” for local government in Wales for “the 21st Century and beyond” which proposes what is described as a “new relationship” with local communities.

Cllr Mike Cuddy (Labour St Augustines) chaired the Policy Committee

Cllr Mike Cuddy (Labour St Augustines) chaired the Policy Committee

Cllr Mike Cuddy (Labour St Augustines) – in the chair – proposed he should draft a response to the white paper and let councillors have a copy to study over the summer recess unless councillors had any immediate comments .

Cllr Anthony Ernest (Conservative Plymouth Ward) pointed out that Penarth Council  still did not know what the view of the Vale of Glamorgan Council was. Nothing had been published. [PDN Note: The Labour-controlled Vale Council does not want to publicly oppose the Labour-controlled Welsh Government]

Cllr Anthony Ernest (Conservative Plymouth Ward)

Cllr Anthony Ernest (Conservative Plymouth Ward)

Cllr Ernest pointed out that Welsh Government white paper said there were “several merger options” but had – in fact – only listed one option in the White Paper – the one which Cllr Ernest said ” I don’t like” which proposes merging the Vale of Glamorgan with Cardiff.

Cllr Ernest said he understood there had also been talk of merging the Vale of Glamorgan with Bridgend . He said “Maybe our Vale councillors are in a better position to speak to this than I am” (referring to the four “dual-hatted” councillors present who sit on Penarth Town Council and are also salaried members of the Vale of Glamorgan Council) . Cllr Ernest said Penarth Council “ought to have some guidance from the Vale if we are to answer this sensibly”.

He said “Cardiff is quite large enough to be a unitary authority on its own. It will be the best part of  500,000 in population with the net immigration into the city that is going on” . If the Welsh Government added the Vale to Cardiff that would add another 120,000 making a total population of 620,000 which , he said “would be totally out of scale with all the other local authorities in Wales”. Cllr Ernest said “I don’t think it would be doing Penarth any good by joining with Cardiff “

Cllr Mark Wilson (Labour Cornerswell)

Cllr Mark Wilson (Labour Cornerswell)

Cllr Mark Wilson (Labour Stanwell) – who is a twin-hatted councillor – said Cllr Ernest “had a right to his views on whether we should merge with Cardiff” but he wanted to draw attention to the paragraphs (i.e 47.48.49)  in the white paper “which affect this council” . Cllr Wilson said Penarth Town Council should be focussing tonight on “community liaison” . He said “The place  to discuss unitary authorities is in the unitary authority” .

Cllr Philip Rapier (Labour St Augustines)

Cllr Philip Rapier (Labour St Augustines)

Cllr Philip Rapier (Labour St Augustines), agreeing with Cllr Wilson, said  “I profoundly disagree with Cllr Ernest”. He said “When the Williams Report  was published the Vale of Glamorgan Conservative Association launched an on-line petition . This petition spoke against the Vale of Glamorgan joining Cardiff.” [PDN Note: The Welsh Government-commissioned "Williams Report" had made the original proposal to merge Cardiff and the Vale]

Cllr Rapier said that as of two days ago the response to that Conservative petition had been 104 signatures . “Now that doesn’t mean that only 104 people in the Vale of Glamorgan care whether we join with Cardiff or not . What it means is that only 104 people felt sufficiently informed. “

Cllr Rapier said that, speaking personally, this issue was one on which at the present time, he had no view. “I am not informed sufficiently” he said . He considered “the purpose of this document  is so that those of us who are privileged to be elected can enhance the original report which is a very learned document – although we may disagree with it” .

First Minister Carwyn Jones (Labour)

First Minister Carwyn Jones (Labour)

Lesley Griffiths AM  Local Government Minister for Wales

Lesley Griffiths AM Local Government Minister for Wales

Cllr Rapier went on to say “ I respect the First Minister” [First Minister in the Welsh Government Carwyn Jones]. “I totally respect the position of the Local Government Minister [ Lesley Griffiths AM]  . Everyone seems to want to exceed their salaries. No one seems to want the responsibilities” .

Cllr Rapier said Penarth Council should “only respond to the points which are relevant to the people who elected us. It is none of our business what the Vale of Glamorgan Council decides”.

Cllr Lis Burnett (Labour St Augustines)

Cllr Lis Burnett (Labour St Augustines)

Twin-hatted councillor Lis Burnett (Labour St Augustines)  said “This town council is autonomous. This town council should not rely on  the views of the Vale Council. There are a number of councillors – myself included – who sit in both councils”. Penarth Town Councillors should reflect upon the “issues affecting Penarth –  separately to the issues affecting the Vale.” Some of those would overlap others would not. It was up to the town council to put in a submission on issues which directly affected Penarth. It would be a “wrong move” to “take guidance” from the Vale Council she said.

Cllr Ernest retorted that he was not suggesting the Town Council take guidance from the Vale – but he had an interest in hearing what the “official view” of the Vale was.

Cllr Clive Williams (Conservative Plymouth Ward)

Cllr Clive Williams (Conservative Plymouth Ward)

Cllr Clive Williams (Conservative Plymouth Ward) said he did not think this was a political issue – however Cllr Ernest had been right to mention the issue because it was in the document. However Cllr Williams reminded members that at a seminar held for the benefit of town councillors it had been said [by Steve Thomas Chief Executive at Welsh Local Government Association  ] that any merger would “not happen before the year  2020″.

Cllr Gwyn Roberts (Labour St Augustines)

Cllr Gwyn Roberts (Labour St Augustines)

Cllr Gwyn Roberts (Labour St Auguatines) said that if Penarth Council fell into what he called “the trap” of discussing district councils “then we are wasting the opportunity to develop Penarth Council” and “how this council can further enhance its contribution to the Penarth community” . “That” he said, “is what we should be devoting our time to”.

Cllr Martin Turner (Conservative Plymouth Ward)

Cllr Martin Turner (Conservative Plymouth Ward)

Cllr Martin Turner (Conservative Plymouth Ward) said the council should concentrate on something it could actually choose rather than on something totally outside its purview.

Cllr Turner said a forthcoming motion at the One Wales conference summarised a response the council could put back to the White Paper.    “It’s information we need really  at this stage saying this is how we can enhance the way we work in Penarth”.

The White Paper and a form inviting responses from the public is on http://tinyurl.com/ls42jn9

 

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MYSTERY CYCLIST SERIOUSLY INJURED IN CRASH ON PENARTH’S ST AUGUSTINE’S CRESCENT

Police and paramedics attended tonight's accident

Police and paramedics attended tonight’s accident. No pictures show the accident victim.

A cyclist has not been able to identify himself to the police or paramedics tonight after being seriously injured  in a road crash on the steep  St Augustine’s Crescent  near St Augustine’s Church Penarth.

Considerable emergency medical treatment was given to the cyclist on site. The victim is not in shot in this picture

Considerable emergency medical treatment was given to the cyclist on site. The victim is not in shot in this picture

The hill  carries much of the traffic heading to and from Cardiff Barrage and is heavily used by commuting cyclists in the mornings and early evenings.

The man, aged between about 25 and 30, is approximately  six foot tall, slim , with short brown curly hair. He has a short moustache and a stubble beard.

Police say he has what they call a ‘sizeable scab’ on his left elbow and was wearing a “Muddy Fox” brand cycling top in black red and grey with ‘MFX’ on the bottom. He also wore navy Nike shorts with white trim,  and black Nike trainers. He was carrying no identification on him and has not been able to give his name to the police or hospital staff .

Neighbours rushed out of their houses to offer help. No PDN pictures show the injured cyclist.

Neighbours rushed out of their houses to offer help. No PDN pictures show the injured cyclist.

The unidentified cyclist had been wearing a grey-and-black cycling helmet bearing the “Trax” brand and had been riding a silver-coloured  “Globe Hybrid” bike  .

Police said he had been thrown from his bike in a “collision” with another vehicle. Unusually, the cyclist was given extensive first aid on the scene before being placed into the ambulance and rushed to the Heath Hospital.

Neighbours rushed from  their homes to offer help and St Augustine’s Crescent was closed to traffic in both directions with a police car parked across it at each end.

Anyone with information is asked to contact South Wales Police on 101 quoting incident number 669.

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PENARTH AM CONGRATULATES VALE MP ALUN CAIRNS ON NEW WALES OFFICE ROLE

Alun Cairns Conservative MP for the Vale of Glamorgan

Alun Cairns Conservative MP for the Vale of Glamorgan

Penarth’s Conservative Assembly Member  Andrew RT Davies has congratulated  Vale of Glamorgan Conservative MP Alun Cairns  on his  appointment as Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Wales in the Wales Office.

Andrew R T Davies said the promotion was a recognition of Cairns’s  tireless work on behalf of his constituents and Wales as a whole.

Penarth's Conservative  AM Andrew R T Davies

Penarth’s Conservative AM Andrew R T Davies

He said “Alun Cairns is a friend and colleague and I look forward to working with him in his new role at the Wales Office.”

“This role is just recognition for his tireless championing of Welsh issues at Westminster, and for his excellent work on behalf of his constituents in the Vale.”

He added “Alun has already excelled in his role for the Prime Minister championing small businesses, and I am sure that he will continue to promote Wales in his new role.”

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NEW PENARTH TOWN TRAIL TO COMMEMORATE DAMBUSTER GUY GIBSON

Wing Cdr Guy Gibson and Eve Moore were married in Penarth

Wing Cdr Guy Gibson and Eve Moore were married in Penarth and lived in 2 Archer Road

Wing Commander Guy Gibson – the leader of Lancaster bombers of 617 Squadron which carried out the famous Dambusters’ raid on Germany in 1943 is to be commemorated in a new Penarth  “Town Trail“.

The Penarth Society's 12 Penarth Town Trail leaflets

The Penarth Society’s 12 Penarth Town Trail leaflets

Current Penarth Town Trails comprise a series of 12 fascinating leaflets written by Penarth Civic Society in association with Penarth Town Council. Each of the leaflets guides visitors and residents around a specific themed area of Penarth – explaining the history and background of the buildings and streets on each mapped route. (Copies are available free from Penarth Town Council at West House or Penarth Library).

The new “town trail” is being prepared by  “the 617 Group”  –  an association of armed forces veterans who are being helped to deal with post traumatic stress and meets at “Room 617″ in Penarth Pier Pavilion.

Eve and Guy Gibson outside 2 Archer Road Penarth with Eve's parents

Eve and Guy Gibson outside 2 Archer Road Penarth with Eve’s parents (taken from an 8mm movie)

The group says the trail they are mapping out will commemorate not only Gibson himself by all the men of Bomber Command. Guy Gibson was a frequent visitor to Penarth . He courted  and proposed to Eve Moore – the daughter of a local shipping family who lived in 2 Archer Road (on which a plaque commemorates his association with the house).

Guy Gibson and Eve Moore after their wedding at Penarth's All Saint's Church in 1940

Guy Gibson and Eve Moore after their wedding at Penarth’s All Saint’s Church in 1940

The couple were married in Penarth’s All Saints Church in 1940 – a church later bombed by the Luftwaffe.

Wng Cdr Gibson also played golf regularly at  the town’s Glamorganshire Golf Club, where he is also commemorated. Penarth’s newest street in Penarth Heights, “Gibson Way“, is named after Guy Gibson (the street signage has not yet been erected).

A similar town trail is already established at Steenbergen, Holland, where Gibson died later in the war . The cause of his death has now been established as a night-time  “friendly fire” incident in which the gunner of a  British bomber mistook Gibson’s Mosquito aircraft for a Luftwaffe night-fighter and opened fire on him.

Gibson was just was 26 years old.

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PENARTH RESTAURANT IS RATED NUMBER 7 IN ‘BEST PLACES TO EAT NEAR BEACH’

The restaurant's rear window allows diners to see their meal prepared

The restaurant’s rear window allows diners to see their meal being prepared

The Times newspaper has rated the new James Sommerin Restaurant on Penarth Esplanade at Number 7 in its list of the “Britain’s 20 Best Places to East by the Beach”.

The critique in The Times Travel Supplement

The critique in The Times Travel Supplement

The award is, it’s believed, is the first national accolade  to be received by the new restaurant which opened for the first time (after several delays) in May .  It’s part of a restaurant/boutique hotel complex in  Penarth Esplanade’s £8,000,000 Beachcliff development – all of which – as previously reported by PDN – is currently running off a portable generator pending connection to mains electricity.

The influential Travel Supplement of The Times and Sunday Times says “Former Michelin-starred chef James Sommerin offers white-tablecloth fine dining near Penarth pier. Spot him at work through the dining room viewing window, tweezing microherbs on to a dish of langoustine, turnip, tonka bean and white chocolate”   

The James Sommerin Restaurant opened to the general public in May

The exterior of the  James Sommerin Restaurant in Penarth’s Beachcliff development

Sommerin’s has also received plaudits from food critics on the local Western Mail/Wales on Line news platforms. But although they loved the food, they were less impressed with the restaurant’s exterior – saying ” We almost walked straight past James Sommerin’s new premises at first as there wasn’t any signage erected (I’m guessing this will be added in time). And the contemporary glass, grey and brick facade looks more like the entrance to a new apartment block or office complex than a restaurant”.

The food, however, got top marks from the Trinity Mirror team.

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