THE GREAT PENARTH ESPLANADE DIG TO CONTINUE INTO AUGUST

The trench extends from Beachcliff to the corner of Bridgeman Road

The trench extends from Beachcliff to the corner of Bridgeman Road. What had been an immaculately- paved sidewalk has now been excavated to install the power lines.  

The  Western Power Distribution project to dig up the pavement on the landward side of Penarth Esplanade and install mains electricity in the Beachcliff development is likely to continue until at least the second week in August .

The trench extends across the front of Windsor Court

The trench extends across the front of Windsor Court

The job involves the installation of new 11,000 volt distribution cables and 240 volt cables to provide power to the Beachcliff building  including the James Sommerin restaurant which has been running off a diesel-powered electricity generator since it opened in May.

The work has involved digging a long trench in the pavement from the corner of Bridgeman Road to the gap between Beachcliff and The Fig Tree restaurant in which a substation is to be installed.

It meant tearing up the immaculately laid pavement outside Beachcliff itself and again fencing off parking spaces which had been restored to public use after the removal of most of the blue hoarding outside the front of the development.

Restaurateur James Sommerin has apologised to Penarth residents for any inconvenience

Restaurateur James Sommerin has apologised to Penarth residents for any inconvenience

The original power lines for the old Beachcliff had been routed around the rear of the building and were, in any case,  not of sufficient capacity for the new building. The entire power system is being replaced by Energetics – a subcontractor to Western Power.

Restaurateur James Sommerin has apologised for any inconvenience the project  may cause residents of Penarth. The  Vale of Glamorgan council has said it is “mindful of minimising disruption to residents and visitors”.

This weekend and next are regarded by traders on the Esplanade as potentially the peak of the holiday period – if the weather holds.

 

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DEMISE OF LONG-STANDING ARCOT STREET RESIDENT

An aerial shot of Arcot St showing the tree which has now been felled

An aerial shot of Arcot St showing the tree which has now been felled

The street once intended to be  the main thoroughfare of Penarth – Arcot Street – is a little different this morning; another of its trees is missing.

Arcot Street (named after the historic Siege of Arcot, India in 1750 and the battle won there by Robert Clive)- was once lined with pavement trees on both sides . One by one they’ve been coming down. Now only two are left.

Now you see it ... now you don't . One of the last three trees left on Arcot St is reduced to a stump

Now you see it … now you don’t . One of the last three trees left on Arcot St is reduced to a stump

As of yesterday, there are no trees at all left on the eastern side of the street. The last one was sawn down – piece by piece – yesterday,  leaving just a four-foot-tall stump. And soon that too will be crunched into sawdust.

The broad street once intended as Penarth's main thoroughfare now has no trees at all on its Eastern side

The broad street once intended as Penarth’s main thoroughfare now has no trees at all on its Eastern side

Now only two pavement-trees are left on the Western side of the street and none at all on the Eastern side. Quite how the Vale of Glamorgan Council makes decisions about the Penarth’s famous street-trees remains a mystery.

All that's left of the tree felled in Arcot St yesterday

All that’s left of the tree felled in Arcot St yesterday

The Vale claims to re-plant a tree – somewhere – for every one it cuts down, but doesn’t actually replace a felled tree with a new tree in exactly the same spot. The result is that whole streets in what was once called “leafy Penarth” are now being progressively stripped of trees – one of them being Arcot Street.

Arcot Street was deliberately built as a wide thoroughfare by its  Victorian planners and had been intended to become Penarth’s “Main Street” . It was also  the route taken by the Victorian horse-buses which conveyed passengers from Penarth Railway Station to the Penarth Hotel (now Headlands).

Arcot Street  was once lined with over 50 trees. This morning only  two are left.

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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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