CYTUN EXCLUDES ONE CANDIDATE FROM TODAY’S PENARTH ELECTION HUSTINGS

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The second public election hustings meeting to be held in Penarth in this General Election campaign is due to take place today  April 26th 2015 at 15:00  – but one candidate will be missing .

The meeting is being organised by Penarth Cytun ( the former Council of Churches) and the venue  is Trinity Methodist Church in Stanwell Road.

Attending will be :-

  • Conservative PartyEmma Warman
  • Green Party: Anthony Slaughter
  • Labour: Stephen Doughty
  • Liberal Democrat : Nigel Howells
  • Plaid Cymru :Ben Foday
  • United Kingdom Independence Party : John Rees-Evans
Candidate Ross Saunders (TUSC) has not been invited to attend

Candidate Ross Saunders (TUSC) has not been invited to attend

The organisers say that the Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition candidate Ross Saunders has not been invited because of “constraints on space”. 

Ross Saunders was also excluded from the Cytun election hustings held at St Mellons earlier this month  – but did participate in last Sunday’s Penarth Woodcraft Folk Hustings meeting held at All Saints Church Main Hall.

The latter event was not attended by John Rees-Evans of UKIP because of a family bereavement and UKIP Caerphilly candidate Sam Gould stood in for him.

This afternoon’s hustings at Trinity Methodist Church will be moderated by Gareth Lloyd .

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PLAID CYMRU’S NON-WELSH-SPEAKING ELECTION-CANDIDATE ‘WRITES’ TO VOTERS IN WELSH

The Plaid Cymru leaflet with the letter in Welsh from non-Welsh speaking candidate Ben Foday

The Plaid Cymru leaflet with the letter in Welsh from non-Welsh speaking candidate Ben Foday

A letter apparently written in both Welsh and English by Plaid  Cymru candidate for Cardiff South and Penarth, Ben Foday, has appeared in the party’s latest election pamphlet.

The bi-lingual pamphlet, which includes both Welsh and English verions of  Foday’s personal letter to electors and is “signed” by him,  gives what some might say is a misleading impression that the Plaid Cymru candidate is Welsh-speaking.

Ben Foday (Plaid Cymru) told voters at St Mellons he was non Welsh-speaking

Ben Foday (Plaid Cymru) told voters at St Mellons he was non Welsh-speaking

In fact Ben Foday has publicly declared in a hustings meeting in St Mellons that, as a first generation immigrant, he does not speak Welsh –  but there is no rider to this effect in the pamphlet itself, nor is there any background information given on the candidate.

Foday is in fact a  former Labour Party member and former Labour Cardiff Councillor who  emigrated to Britain in 1982 from Sierra Leone. Plaid Cymru says elswewhere “ His professional career has been in working for an employment agency”  .

However in a 30-year career Ben Foday appears to have picked up a raft of appointments on various public bodies and is said to have “worked in several fields including the management of social housing for 10 years before joining Newemploy (Wales) Ltd,a Community Voluntary Organisation, as director .  He served as a non-executive director of the old  Llandough Hospital and Community NHS Trust and was a  board member of long-dissolved Cardiff Bay Development Corporation.

Foday also served on the board of the little-known – but labyrinthine – organisation the “Wales Centre for Health” –   set up by the Labour Welsh Government in 2005. The organisation was described by the Daily Mirror in 2009 as a “pointless quango” and castigated for costly foreign trips after it spent £5,800 sending two people to Boston and £4,600 sending two to New Zealand. It is now subsumed into NHS Public Health Wales

Plaid Cymru Leader Leanne Wood

Plaid Cymru Leader Leanne Wood

The Welsh Language still has a particular resonance for Plaid Cymru because the party was originally founded to keep Wales Welsh-speaking –  and originally had the aim of making Welsh the official language of Wales.

Although the Welsh Language is no longer the burning issue it once was, hundreds of monoglot English-speakers continue to find themselves excluded from senior positions in public organisations because they can’t speak Welsh – and compliance with the Welsh Language Act (legislation backed by Plaid Cymru)- still imposes huge costs on a wide variety of public organisations.

Plaid Cymru is committed to “ensuring that every Local Authority in Wales will create bilingual trainers that could, and will hold training sessions and open air activities through the medium of Welsh”.

These requirements however do not seem to apply to Plaid Cymru parliamentary candidates. Plaid Cymru’s  leader Leanne Wood is described as the first “non-fluent Welsh speaker ” to hold the position. She has also included a letter to voters written in Welsh under her signature in the same pamphlet.

Some observers say that, of all parties, it’s Plaid Cymru which made the Welsh Language a divisive issue in Wales and that at the very least it should come clean in its election literature  and make it clear which of its candidates are bi-lingual and which aren’t.

[PDN Note]  At this election the Labour Party has also included a Welsh-language letter which gives the impression of having been written by its candidate Stephen Doughty in some versions its election literature,. Some Conservative literature is also bi-lingual .

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PENARTH BARRAGE ALERT AS WOMAN IS HURT ON BOARD RACING YACHT

X Beat II is moored at teh waterbus pontoon as the injured casualty is helped up the companion way for medical treatment

X Beat II moors at thr waterbus pontoon as the injured casualty is helped up the companion way for medical treatment

There was a full-scale alert at the Penarth end of Cardiff Barrage today when the crew of a racing yacht ,”X Beat II”,  reported they were coming in with a casualty on board who was bleeding profusely .

An ambulance with paramedics aboard arrives to treat the injured woman arrives to

An ambulance with paramedics aboard arrives to treat the injured woman

A female member of the crew had sustained a serious mouth injury on board the boat and the skipper had  decided to head immediately for Cardiff Bay – summoning help en route.

X Beat II  was locked-through into Cardiff Barrage as quickly as possible  and was then tied up  alongside the waterbus pontoon near the Custom House Restaurant to disembark the injured woman.

An ambulance had been called to the barrage to meet the vessel and receive the casualty.

The injured crew member is helped over the locked pontoon gate by colleagues and taken to the waitiong ambulance

The injured female crew member is helped over the locked pontoon gate by colleagues and taken to the waiting ambulance

However   after the crew had helped her ashore at the pontoon they found the exit gate was  locked and they had to lift her bodily over the  barrier. A second locked gate at the top of the ramp baulked the ambulance crew. Both gates are locked for security reasons unless passengers are boarding commercial craft.

The woman was given emergency treatment in the ambulance . No further details are available

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‘PARTY-TIME’ IN PENARTH AS LABOUR AND GREENS VIE FOR SHOPPERS’ VOTES

Labour candidate Stephen Doughty attempts to persuade   passing shoppers to support him (left) whilst Green candidate  Anthony Slaughter candidate and his team  were busy persuading them to vote Green  Meanwhile the party-placard war  has moved to the front lawns of  Penarth.

Labour candidate Stephen Doughty attempts to persuade passing shoppers to support him (left) whilst Green candidate Anthony Slaughter candidate and his team were busy dissuading them – and inducing them to vote Green   Meanwhile the war of the party-placards has moved to the front lawns of Penarth – “setting neighbour against neighbour” .

The General Election campaign spilled out into pavements of Penarth today as campaigners for the Greens and for Labour staked out strategic territory in the town centre.

The Labour Party and their Penarth candidate Stephen Doughty were first to set-up camp just before 11:00 –   chosing a location outside the St Fagans Pub where they set about thrusting leaflets into the hands of passers-by .

Only minutes afterwards the Wales Green Party and their Penarth candidate – Deputy Leader Anthony Slaughter – set up a proper Wales Green Party stall outside the Windsor Arcade –  giving them the advantage of footfall from the arcade, the bus stop and from the zebra crossing.

(Left) Body language was the surest way of knowing  how convinced voters were (right) Many seemed keen to take Green party literature - but who knows how they'll vote?

(Left) Body language seemed to be the only  way of knowing how convinced voters were . Meanwhile (right) many shoppers seemed keen to take Green Party literature – but who knows how they’ll vote?

The Green team may have recruited an influential supporter - Big Issue seller Lee James

The Green team may have recruited an influential supporter – Big Issue seller Lee James

The Green Party scooped quick win –  and what could prove to be an important coup –  early-on when well-known “Big Issue”  seller Lee James crossed the road to pick up a Green Party leaflet.

Some say the result of elections in  Cardiff South and Penarth always follows the way she votes.

Whilst the persuasion campaign has continued today on the pavements and the doorsteps of Penarth, the front gardens have also now become a battleground  – with the rival parties literally staking out the home turf.

The political allegiances of next-door neighbours are now being publicly-exposed for the first time in  years with estate-agent-style party-placards proclaiming the party allegiance of many households.

Across Penarth next-door neighbours are revealing their political allegiances in their front gardens.

Across Penarth next-door neighbours are revealing their political allegiances in their front gardens.

Anthony Slaughter (Green Party)

Anthony Slaughter (Green Party)

One resident who had declined the offer of a placard said “The red placards are Labour, the Green ones are Green and the houses with no placards are Conservative because they don’t like to admit it.” [PDN NOTE – Other parties are  available]

Anthony Slaughter who is Deputy Leader of the Green Party, chair of Gwyrddio Penarth Greening and is the Green candidate for the Cardiff  South and Penarth constituency has already stated there has been a large increase in membership of the party amongst young people  .

This graph shows shifts of sentiment amongst viewers watching the ITV Wales Leader's dfebate this week - as expressed on Twitter. The Green Party leader Pippa Bartolotti came out on top . Labour leader  Owen Smith - came bottom

This graph shows shifts of sentiment amongst viewers watching the ITV Wales Leader’s dfebate this week – as expressed on Twitter. ITV reported that Green Party leader Pippa Bartolotti camwe third, did particularly well on low pay and immigration and was rated ahead of Stephen Crabb – Conservative, Nathan Gill UKIP and  Owen Smith of Labour. Of all the candidates in the debate Labour’s Owen Smith (red line) was adjudged to be the worst performer of the night.

The ITV Wales Leaders Debate this week used a special tool to analyse debate-related Twitter traffic  in favour of one leader or the other   .

Fullscreen capture 23042015 071255.bmpITV Wales’s “Sharp End” programme  reported an analysis that showed Green Party leader Pippa Bartolotti was runner-up in the debate to Leanne Wood (Plaid Cymru) and Kirsty Williams (Lib Dem) , and was considered by the Twitterati to have done particularly well on the subjects of low pay and immigration – where her (green) graph line peaks.

Bartolotti  was  rated ahead of Stephen Crabb – Conservative, Nathan Gill – UKIP and  Owen Smith of Labour who was  rated by the ITV programme’s analyst as the worst performer of the night because of the negative Twitter traffic that he generated.

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WONDERLAND FOR PENARTH FAMILIES AT THE MAD HATTER’S FAMILY DAY

(Left to right) The Mayr of Penarth Cllr Martin Turner, organiser Ceri Lambert of Ceri Lambert Designs, the "Mad Hatter" and the Mayoress Mrs Dorothy Turner

(Left to right) The Mayor of Penarth Cllr Martin Turner,event organiser Ceri Lambert of Ceri Lambert Designs, the “Mad Hatter” (a.k.a. entertainer and magician Jasper Blakeley) and the Mayoress of Penarth  Mrs Dorothy Turner

The Mayor and Mayoress of Penarth, Cllr Martin Turner and Mrs Dorothy Turner were at the Kymin today to attend the  “Mad Hatter’s Family Day” – a special event  organised in support of the Mayor’s adopted charities .

The forecast rain held off, the sun broke through at mid-day and the Kymin grass was dry enough for picnics, parties and a wide range of traditional children’s games.

Scores of families enjoyed an unusual and enthralling day in the grounds of the Kymin

Scores of families enjoyed an unusual and enthralling day in the grounds of the Kymin

The volunteeer organisers - andf the Mad Hatter himself were all wearing the authentic Alice in Wonderland headgear

The volunteer organisers – and the Mad Hatter himself were all wearing the authentic Alice in Wonderland headgear

Attractions included kids crafts , face-painting, and entertainment with several of the volunteer games organisers  kitted-out in Mad Hatter costumes and make-up   – including, of course, the Mad Hatter himself  – played by professional entertainer and conjuror Jasper Blakeley.

Downhill all the way. A toddler enjoys mum's slide down  the Bouncy Castle

Downhill all the way. A toddler enjoys mum’s slide down the Bouncy Castle

There was also a popular bouncy castle at which  parents were honour-bound to pluck-up the courage to accompany their offspring as they slid down the steep ramp .

The event was organised by Ceri Lambert of the Penarth-based firm Ceri Lambert Designs and design and developed as a themed day of fun for all the family –  inspired by the  Lewis Carroll’s   “Alice in Wonderland”. 

Ceri organises the children’s days held during the Holiday Festival and was approached to organise something special for what was to be Cllr Turner’s last charity engagement as Penarth’s Town Mayor . Ceri is also part of the formidable Women Mean Business group in Penarth.

Children had a chance to try out hula-hoops and play games they'd probably never seen before

Children had a chance to try out hula-hoops and play games they’d probably never seen before

The proceeds of the event were in aid of the two charities adopted by the Mayor for  his term of office –  Llamau and the Penarth Live at Home Scheme.  The event ended at  15:00  – just before the rain began .

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LAST-MINUTE MOVES MADE TO SALVAGE THE CANCELLED PENARTH ARMED FORCES PARADE

Eyes left as the troops march past the  the saluting dais in 2013 - the last time it was held in Penarth.  Last minute moves are trying to salvage this year's parade

Eyes left as the troops march past the the saluting dais in 2013 – the last time the asrmed forces parade  it was held in Penarth. After the cancellation of the 2014 march last-minute moves are now being made to attempt to salvage this year’s parade

Penarth Town Council is making last-minute moves to try to salvage the annual  Penarth Armed Forces Parade after it’s “cancellation” earlier this month because it was understood there  were insufficient police officers available to control the traffic that day.

Cllr Gwyn Roberts (Labour St Augustines)

Cllr Gwyn Roberts (Labour St Augustines)

In this week’s meeting of Penarth Town Council  Cllr  Gwyn Roberts (Labour St Augustines) noted the policing problems which  he understood had brought about the cancellation of this year’s Armed Forces Parade in Penarth. He asked whether Sgt Ioan Jones of Penarth Police could look into whether trained civilians could – in some circumstances – marshall traffic in place of PCSOs .

Sgt Ioan Jones of Penarth Police Station

Sgt Ioan Jones of Penarth Police Station

Sergeant Jones said that with regard other events like the Summer Festival Carnival additional officers could be brought in from other bases like Llantwit Major to assist with policing as part of reciprocal arrangements.  In the case of the Armed Forces Day he understood that, in any case, the Army battalion had not been able to commit to the event .

Deputy Town Clerk of Penarth Keri Hutchings

Deputy Town Clerk of Penarth Keri Hutchings

Responding, the Deputy  Town Clerk Keri Hutchings said he had not actually sought to get a parade together because he had been told earlier that the police could not support it . He  did not know whether the army would have been able to participate or not.

Cllr Gwyn Roberts (Labour St Augustines) urged that  everyone look into it again to see if there was still a way of facilitating this year’s parade. He  said the Armed Services Parade had “only been run for a couple of years ” and had been cancelled last year (2014)  and to have it  “cancelled for a different reason this year would be a shame”.   

The Mayor of Penarth Cllr Martin Turner (Conservative PlymouthWard)

The Mayor of Penarth Cllr Martin Turner (Conservative PlymouthWard)

The Mayor, Cllr Martin Turner (Conservative Plymouth Ward) said that when Elfed Avenue Church had held their annual Good Friday March through Penarth earlier in the month  it had been done with civilian stewards.

Sgt Jones said that was not the case. A police officer had been deployed to oversee it.

Cllr Turner emphasised that were were some “key activities which the council wished to undertake every year” – and the Armed Services Parade was one of them.

Further enquiries are now to be made to see if there is any way in which this year’s event can still be staged – but it seems unlikely the event can be salvaged this late in the day.

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THE OLDEST LIVING RESIDENT OF PENARTH’S ARCHER ROAD IS REMOVED

Archer Road won't be ther same without one of its tallest trees

Archer Road Penarth won’t be the same without one of its tallest abd oldest trees

One of the tallest – and oldest – street-trees in Archer Road has been reduced to logs and sawdust by s team of tree surgeons.

In a two-day operation this week the tree-fellers dismantled branch-by branch Archer Road’s oldest living resident.

Eve and Guy Gibson outside 2 Archer Road Penarth with Eve's parents  . (Note the sticky paper on the windows to prevent glass fragmentation in the event of a bombing raid )

Eve and Guy Gibson outside 2 Archer Road Penarth with Eve’s parents . (Note the sticky paper on the windows to prevent glass fragmentation in the event of a bombing raid )

The tree would have been familiar to all of Archer Road’s residents over the years – including WW2 Dambusters leader Wing Commander Guy Gibson VC, DSO,DFC and his wife Eve Moore who lived a few hundred yards away in 2 Archer Road.

Judging by the width of the trunk the tree must have been planted at the time Archer Road was first developed (Photo Brian Stephens)  The tree was

Judging by the width of the trunk the tree must have been planted at the time Archer Road was first developed (Photo Brian Stephens) The tree was taken apart limb from limb

The 50 foot tall tree had seemed sound enough but the experts found that part of the wood in the trunk had died and was decaying, weakening its structure and making it a potential hazard.

One local resident asked the woodmen whether they could use their chain saws to carve the stump into some kind of a sculpture – but  their contract was to remove the tree and this, they did.

The “Archer” in “Archer Road is Thomas, Lord Archer whose daughter Katherine became the bride of the Fourth Earl of  Plymouth  in 1750.

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