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.
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.
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.
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 .