CONCRETE PAVING IS LAID ON PENARTH’S CLOCK ROUNDABOUT

A week into Spring - but the only colour on Penarth's CLock Roundabout is provided by the orange and white road-cones

A week into Spring – but the only colour on Penarth’s bleak Clock Roundabout is provided by the orange and white road-cones

With spring having sprung more than a week ago, Penarth Town Centre’s  iconic Clock Roundabout – the Piccadilly Circus of Penarth –  would normally be fully planted with colourful polyanthuses – but not, it seems, this year .

It’s already been pointed out there were no daffodils on the roundabout for St David’s Day on March 1st . Now, a week on, there still isn’t a single flower in evidence anywhere on the roundabout.

Where have all the flowers gone? The new paved "patio" installed on Penarth's iconic clock roundabout

Where have all the flowers gone? A bird’s eye view of the new paved “patio” installed by the Vale of Glamorogan Council on Penarth’s iconic clock roundabout. There was no consultation with Penarth Council.

What is in evidence though are brand new concrete paving slabs –  around three dozen of them – which today were being cemented down onto hardcore foundations .

The new slabs are all been laid around the aperture into which Penarth’s now-famous leaning Christmas Tree is installed and also adjacent to each of the ‘keep left’  bollards , the clock and the electricity cabinets . Elsewhere on the roundabout smaller slabs, laid out like stepping-stones, have been set in place.

Vale of Glamorgan parks staff weeding and planting the roundabout in 2014 Parks staff Magic on the roundabout

Vale of Glamorgan parks staff weeding and planting the roundabout in February 2014 . Now a third of the surface area has been covered with paving slabs for safety reasons.

The paving slabs are being set in place in order to provide a “safe footing” for the team which erects the Christmas Tree and its lighting each year.

Flowers are due to be re-planted on the roundabout when these civil engineering works are completed although as there’s now less surface area to be planted, the flowers won’t be as profuse as in previous years.

The 36 slabs surround the Christmas Tree socket, power installations and inspection plates and take up about a third of what was the planted area

The 36 slabs surround the Christmas Tree socket, power installations and inspection plates and take up about a third of what was the planted area

Although the Town Clock is maintained by Penarth Town Council,  the planting and gardening of the roundabout is the responsibility of the Vale of Glamorgan Council .

 

 

 

 

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20 Responses to CONCRETE PAVING IS LAID ON PENARTH’S CLOCK ROUNDABOUT

  1. anne says:

    Such nonsense. We all want flowers.

  2. Rachel says:

    It’s March and the council need to use up any left over money. Don’t think of fixing the state of the roads (Stanwell Rd, Cornerswell Rd, Glebe St……) but as long as the roundabout looks pretty that’s the most important thing.

  3. Julian says:

    Won’t be long before the Vale creates Eastern-Bloc-by-Sea.

  4. More to the point, this work is being done without any warning or notice given either to the Town Council or in any other way for the public to hear of the proposals before work started. I do despair at some of the things that the Vale does, without any consideration for what residents and visitors might think. Having half a roundabout of flowere with concrete slabs filling the rest, is something our Vale Councillors must have known about in advance – surely ?

    • Exactly. CHOP the VALE, CHOP the duplication of chief officers and let’s have one local authority for Cardiff and the Vale. Same boundaries as NHS all working together and saving money for us the council taxpayers.

    • Colin says:

      Why did the car park go? Over 200 spaces ?

  5. Ivor Bagman says:

    I wonder what they’re burying .

  6. Johnabutt says:

    Just cover it in slabs and let the weeds provide the green bit, no cost, only Penarth residents moaning again, but who cares about them?

  7. Concerned Citizen says:

    … or who!

  8. Fishhenge says:

    It’s going to be the new Beachcliff parking, apparently.

  9. Chris Franks says:

    Lots of lovely dafs in Dinas Powys in the centre of the village provided by the Community Council

  10. cariad says:

    We want our town back,give more power back to Penarth Town Council. The Vale Council is no good for Penarth;it is only concerned with Barry.

  11. Alyson Llewellyn says:

    The Christmas lights where a joke, the Christmas Fayre was never re-scheduled and now we have concrete slabs.. For goodness sake who is responsible for ruining Penarth Town?

  12. Anne says:

    Agree with Alyson. Why are our town cllrs quiet about this. Did they agree to thus paving and not flowers?

  13. RetailGuru says:

    Where was the consultation about this?? The clock is a landmark and key feature of the town centre…. and they are concreting it!! For goodness sake… I think this raises wider issues about the lack of communication between the Vale and Town Authorities. We need a major reorganisation and take these incompetent cronies to task!!! NOT GOOD ENOUGH!!!

  14. Huw says:

    And they’ve just ripped it up again.

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