A number of caravans have set up camp on the Vale of Glamorgan Council’s newly re-developed and extended car park at Cliff Parade – a facility designed to absorb the demand for parking space by visitors to the town.
Local residents say the caravans appeared to have turned up overnight and about half a dozen of them are now encamped in the area occupying both car-parking spaces and parking places specially marked out for tour coaches.
Some are concerned that the caravanners could be “travellers” who may have failed to notice the signs in English and Welsh at the entrance to the parking area which prohibit caravans and overnight parking. There seems to be no specific prohibition on motor caravans.
Cllr Clive Williams who represents the Plymouth Ward of Penarth on Vale of Glamorgan council and on Penarth Town Council says he is “very unhappy” at the turn of events
Cllr Williams says it is not fair to residents who pay very high rates of council tax and is also concerned about the impact the encampment may have on local restaurateur Mr Tony Cioni whose well-known restaurant “Cioni’s “ is adjacent to the parking area.
Last year there was a prolonged issue with a motor caravan which persisted in parking in a turning space at the cliff top at the end of Forrest Road which resulted in police action .
The Vale of Glamorgan Council says it understands that some 6 travellers’ caravans arrived this morning at Cliff Walk . The council is “currently implementing the protocol to seek to move them on as soon as possible.” It says “ The site will be visited this morning and we will request a welfare assessment as soon as possible “