The Penarth Clock-Roundabout mystery has taken a dramatic new turn – with the mysterious disappearance of the 30 or so new concrete paving slabs which had been carefully cemented into position there only a week earlier on March 9th.
Normally the roundabout – the “Piccadilly Circus” of Penarth – is full of colourful spring flowers at this time of year – but so far this year all that’s been in evidence has been bare brown earth and lots of concrete .
The arrival of the paving slabs last week had originally been explained by the Vale of Glamorgan Council as a “Health and Safety” precaution to ensure that crews installing the town’s Christmas Tree wouldn’t accidentally lose their footing when standing on the soft earth, and be at risk of possibly falling over.
Some residents however attributed more sinister motives to the concrete slabs and speculated that it was all part of a plan to turn Penarth’s Clock Roundabout into another of the defining edifices of the Labour-controlled Vale of Glamorgan Council – a skateboard park.
Now however, the expensive concrete paving-slab “patio” – and the footings on which it was laid – have disappeared, Penarth’s Clock Roundabout is just an expanse of bare earth with electrical wires poking up out of it. ….A few plants would have been nice but no doubt it’s all down to austerity.
Puzzled passers-by accused the Vale Council of seemingly having no sense of direction and apparently going around in circles. They’re asking just what the roundabout redevelopment – and this week’s “re-re-development” – is actually costing council-tax-payers. With the next council elections only 14 months away – they are also reminding councillors of the old adage that what goes around – comes around.
As for the roundabout contractors actually doing the job – it appears they’re now pretty much back where they started.