COUNCILLOR PHOTOGRAPHS ‘LAW BREAKING’ FISHERMEN IN CARDIFF BAY CLAMPDOWN

Cardiff Bay Advisory Committee may report law-flouting fishermen to the police  BarragecARDIFF Barrage staff were on duty for emergencies only

Cardiff Bay Advisory Committee may report law-flouting fishermen who climb fences to the police.

Two Penarth Labour councillors have reported apparent breaches of local by-laws  by “fishermen” on and around Cardiff Barrage and Cardiff Bay.

Cllr Gwyn Roberts (Labour St Augustines) took photographs of the fishermen

Cllr Gwyn Roberts (Labour St Augustines) took photographs of the fishermen

The latest meeting of  Cardiff Bay Advisory Committee has been shown photographs of fishermen allegedly “climbing over fencing” around the entrance to Cardiff Barrage. Committee member Cllr Gwyn Roberts  (Labour St Augustines)  declared that he had seen fishermen actually doing this.

Cllr Roberts  produced photographs – which he had taken himself –  of the fishermen climbing over the fencing of the barrage and showed this “photographic evidence” to the other members of the committee.

Assistant Harbourmaster Tim Gifford told members that this was “not a new problem” and that the “Police had been requested to remove these people”.   The Bay Authorities did not have a “ permanent presence” at this location.

 Cllr Lis Burnett (Labour St Augustines) had reports of people fishing from John Batchelor  Way

Cllr Lis Burnett (Labour St Augustines) had reports of people fishing from John Batchelor Way

Cllr Lis Burnett (Labour St Augustines), who chairs the Cardiff Bay Advisory Committee , told members that she had  received reports of “ people fishing from John Batchelor Way”  (the road in the Penarth Marina area which runs along the Cardiff Bay embankment).

Suggestions of potential enforcement action  against the fishermen included   Anti-Social Behaviour Orders (ASBOs) and Fixed-Penalty Fines.

Parks and Harbour Authority manager Jon Maidment told committee members that “site assessments” were under review.

The committee heard that any information about individuals who had breached the bye-laws should be “shared with the police”.

 

 

 

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X-RAY EXPERTS SET UP PICKET-LINE AT PENARTH’S LLANDOUGH HOSPITAL

The X-ray technicians picket line at Penarth's Llandough Hospital this morning

The X-ray technicians picket line at Penarth’s Llandough Hospital this morning

X-Ray technicians belonging to the Society of Radiographers set up a picket line at Penarth’s Llandough Hospital this morning after going on strike in their continuing campaign to get a better pay deal from the National Health Service. 

It’s the first time in 30 years that the radiographers have been on a strike .  53.7% of members who work in the NHS voted in favour of strike action. Today’s walk-out was set to last for four hours but further strikes could be on the way .

It's the first time the radiographers have been on strike in 30 years.

It’s the first time the radiographers have been on strike in 30 years.

The radiographers will also be working-to-rule for the rest of this week . Emergency care will continue to be provided but pre-booked appointments and procedures may be affected.

Richard Evans, the Society’s Chief Executive Officer says “There is the possibility of more action by radiographers in the future. The anger that they and other health professionals feel is very strong,”

The NHS in Wales is run by the Labour-controlled Welsh Assembly Government.

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BIG BROTHER IN BRIDGEND COULD BE KEEPING AN EYE ON PENARTH

The Vale of Glamorgan CCTV control room watches Penarth

The Vale of Glamorgan CCTV control room watches Penarth

A plan to merge the Vale of Glamorgan Council’s closed circuit TV system with that of Bridgend County Borough Council is now under active consideration in a drive to save money for both authorities.

A Penarth cctv camera

A Penarth cctv camera

The cameras in Penarth are listed as being installed at Windsor Road, Plassey Street, Glebe Street,Station Approach and Plymouth Road

Cllr Neil Moore (Labour Cadoc Ward Barry ) Leader of the Vale of Glamorgan Council wants a merger with Bridgend - not Cardiff

Cllr Neil Moore (Labour Cadoc Ward Barry ) Leader of the Vale of Glamorgan Council

The Vale of Glamorgan Council’s ruling ‘cabinet’ is due to discuss the £80,000 merger plan today.

The Vale ‘s 65%  share of the overall cost of the technical merger will be £52,163 on what is called an “invest to save” basis.

Vale Council leader Neil Moore (Labour Cadoc Ward Barry) claims “£45,000 a year” would be saved .

Redundancy costs for surplus staff are estimated at £100,000 of which the Vale of Glamorgan Council would bear £65,000.

The Vale will also have to pay  £64,057 per annum to cover all monitoring charges for services carried out by Bridgend, support and maintenance contract and line rental charges

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PENARTH PIER PAVILION BEATS ITS PEERS TO WIN NEW AWARD

Penarth Pier Pavilion was said to be

Penarth Pier Pavilion was said to be “the most remarkable project on the shortlist”

Penarth Pier Pavilion has been chosen as the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors’s “2014 Project of the Year”.

The Pavilion (and the Pier itself) had already been recognised in the  “2014 Pier of the Year” award made by the National Piers Society. Not it has trumped several prestigious projects in other parts of the UK to win this latest title.

Judges had to consider all the nominated projects against a strict set of criteria including design, value for money, economic viability and overall appearance. An assessment was also made of how each project has performed since being opened.

IMG_4085The adjudicators said the project had combined the conservation of the building with community benefit and the 1929 art-deco structure had been “carefully restored retaining the original features of the design.” and was said to be ” the most remarkable entry on the shortlist”

The Pavilion was refurbished by R&M Williams Ltd for its leaseholders Penarth Arts and Crafts Limited and  opened to the public in December 2013.

The award is sponsored by the AON Professional Services Group and was presented at a ceremony in London’s Savoy Hotel . The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors exists to “promote excellence in professional standards around the world”.

 

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PENARTH COASTGUARD FIND “DESPONDENT MALE” IN OVERNIGHT SEARCH

A searchlight beamed from a police helicopter in the early hours of this morning over Penarth

A searchlight beamed from a police helicopter in the early hours of this morning over Penarth


South Wales Police called in Penarth Coastguard overnight to search for what they described as a “despondent male” in the Penarth area.

 Penarth Coastguard combed the cliff top  from  Lavernock Point to Penarth Esplanade as the high tide prevented a shore search

After a short search the coastguard team discovered the man safe and well just before 5.00 am . He was turned over to the police and the coastguard team returned to base

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VALE REJECTS PLEA FOR NEW POLLING STATION IN PENARTH’S PLYMOUTH WARD

One of the two polling station in Penarth's Plymouth Ward is the Lower Penarth Community Centre off Brockhill Rise

One of only  two polling stations in Penarth’s Plymouth Ward is the Lower Penarth Community Centre off Brockhill Rise which is at the southernmost edge of the ward – and the town.

The Labour-controlled Vale of Glamorgan Council has been accused of rejecting  pleas for more polling stations to be set up in Penarth’s Conservative-voting Plymouth Ward.

Although the Plymouth Ward is – geographically – the largest electoral ward in Penarth it has only two polling stations within its boundaries – one at the Lower Penarth Community centre on the southernmost edge of the town and the other at Cwrt-y-Vil Community Centre at Byrd Crescent – giving voters further to travel than in any other ward in the town.  (There are ten polling stations in other parts Penarth).

Three of the four wards of Penarth are Labour controlled - but Plymouth Ward is the largest

Three of the four wards of Penarth are Labour controlled – but Plymouth Ward is geographically the largest

Cllr Anthony Ernest (Conservative Plymouth Ward)

Cllr Anthony Ernest (Conservative Plymouth Ward)

Plymouth Ward Penarth town councillor Anthony Ernest had proposed that the Vale of Glamorgan Council should  improve the accessibility to polling stations within the ward- particularly for the elderly and infirm – but says these have been “rejected out of hand by Vale officials”.

A seven-yearly review of the locations of all polling stations throughout the Vale of Glamorgan has been carried out by the Vale Council which concludes that no changes are necessary in the ward.

Cllr Ernest says “The result of these poorly sited Polling Stations is that many elderly and infirm residents –  especially those in the centre of this large ward –  have to travel considerable distances to vote“. He says many senior citizens including many staying at homes for the elderly are unable to make the “long and arduous trip to these existing stations, which are not accessible by public transport” – and this effectively disenfranchises them.

Cllr Ernest is urging that a polling station be established in the centre of Plymouth Ward which would be much easier to reach for ward residents.

A second round of consultation on the issue is due to close on October 24th . Cllr Ernest is now speaking with other Government-led departments to see whether they can bring pressure on the Vale Council to be “a bit more sympathetic to the needs of the elderly in Penarth”

A detailed map of Plymouth Ward is on http://tinyurl.com/m6kz68a.

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MISSING TEEN SISTERS COULD BE IN PENARTH

Elisha (left) and Olivia

Elisha (left) and Olivia

Police searching for two teenage sisters missing from their foster home in Goring-by-Sea believe they may have travelled to Penarth.

The two sisters, Elesha Joseph (16) and Olivia Joseph (15), were last seen at about 18:00 on Wednesday this week at their foster home. They had been  living in the Caribbean but returned to Britain and entered foster care about three weeks ago.

Police believe neither girl has any money or a mobile phone with them. Det Insp Rob Walker of Worthing CID believes they may be trying to make contact with  relatives

Police describe the girls as “black with  cornrow plaited hair”. When last seen Elesha, was  wearing a grey coat and blue jeans – and usually wears glasses.Olivia  is thought to be wearing a burgundy red coat, an ankle-length skirt and black shoes.

Anybody with information is asked to contact South Wales Police or Sussex Police by dialling 101.

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