Dr Martin Whitehill, the chair of the Penarth Marina Residents’ Association is to relinquish the position next month and has circulated a invitation for nominees to put their names forward to succeed him .
In his time as chairman Dr Whitehill has campaigned energetically on behalf of local residents – frequently bringing relentless pressure to bear on officialdom – including the Welsh Government and the Vale of Glamorgan Council .
He says during his stint the association has been influential in pushing for the improvement of physical amenities such as Plymouth Park, the Zig-zag Path, the re-opening of the ‘Woodland’ Path, bench seating, yellow lines, and better lighting.
But Dr Whitehill says the association is “still wrestling” with a number of other issues such as :-
- the delay in re-laying of the path in Plymouth Park
- continued public access to Penarth Headland beach.
- the lack of lighting on the Zig-zag Path, [ PDN Note: At this week’s Vale of Glamorgan ‘cabinet’ meeting Cllr Lis Burnett (Labour St Augustines) claimed that delays in the design of the lighting scheme had been due to “wildlife concerns” – and the work is to be carried out some time in 2017.]
Dr Whitehill says the Marina Residents Association has “not always been successful” .
He says “We tried to get the Vale of Glamorgan Council understand that last time they cut the trees down the soil was washed away in mud and landslides. This has left many areas of bare cliff ‘rock’. The excess rain water in the escarpment now pours out of the rocks. Eventually this will cause rockfall as it does around Penarth Head beach. As the Council were finishing cutting the trees down this year, the landslides have begun. The Council’s corporate memory has been lost in many departments and it will be worse when we become part of Cardiff Council.” .
Dr Whitehill says “It is imperative that the residents keep their own neighbourhood memory to refresh that of local and national government in future.”