VALE COUNCIL LOCKS PENARTH HEAD PARK AND BLOCKS WALES COASTAL PATH

Black Mark: The black gates of Peanrth's eadland Park were bolted and chained shut today - forcing Wales Coast Path walkers to go downhill again and find an alternative route

Black Mark: The black gates of Penarth Head Park were bolted and chained shut today – forcing Wales Coast Path walkers to go downhill again and find an alternative route

Penarth gained a black mark from visitors today when tourists and walkers, who’d made the 200-foot ascent from Penarth Esplanade to the summit of Penarth Head, found that the Vale of Glamorgan Council had blocked their onward route from the cliff top.

The top access gateway to the park should  have been open to  enable Coast Path Walkers to proceed from Penarth Head Park to Penarth Head Lane and take  the route down to Penarth Marina and the Cardiff Barrage – but today it was bolted, chained and padlocked shut.

Bolted chained and padlocked - there was no way out onto Penarth Head Lane today

Bolted chained and padlocked – there was no way out for walkers onto Penarth Head Lane today

Some walkers resorted to asking local residents for directions and were re-routed via Clive Crescent and Clive Place. Others asked whether they would need to retrace their steps all the way back down to the Esplanade.

Penarth Head Park is normally locked at night it to prevent anti-social behaviour. However today although the lower gate had been apparently been  unlocked on schedule at first-light this morning, the top gate remained locked .

Locking and unlocking the park is the responsibility of the Labour-controlled Vale of Glamorgan Council. Apart from inconveniencing local residents and walkers the council’s failure to unlock the gates on what is a public right of way has made the park and the Penarth Head Viewing platform inaccessible for disabled people and wheelchair users ,

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6 Responses to VALE COUNCIL LOCKS PENARTH HEAD PARK AND BLOCKS WALES COASTAL PATH

  1. Ivor Bagman says:

    I refer you to my
    Comment about the bats.
    It was great at dawn and dusk
    To sit and have them
    Whirring around me.
    Now – no access to my haven.
    But – still paying council tax !!
    What will happen if
    I refuse to pay
    For things that I don’t want ?
    I am now getting angry .
    Watch out Penarth .

  2. sjleworthy says:

    has made the park and the Penarth Head Viewing platform inaccessible for disabled people and wheelchair users

    it isnt geared up for wheel chair users anyway – the side walls are to high for them to see over.
    besides, maybe a bit of graffiti might brighten that monstrosity up a bit🙂

  3. Martin gossage says:

    Yeah it’s locked at night but frequently 6\7 pm .I refer you to my previous comments ..an independent Penarth , March on Hilton Rd .

  4. David Moorcraft says:

    Could it be that the Council has belatedly become SO ashamed of the ugly 100-Tonne so-called “Viewing Platform” with which it spoilt a previously attractive park that it has “accidentally” forgotten to open the gates?
    As the PDN has previously pointed out, I believe, Penarth Headland Park’s gates weren’t closed at all in the past.
    Fact: a wheelchair-bound person of average height, in a standard wheelchair , CANNOT see over the walls of this expensive ‘architect-designed’ mistake , without rising from their chair. Despite the fancy wheelchair access ramp.

  5. Anne Greagsby says:

    The ‘resort manager’ has been seen in his 4×4 locking the gate when he’s not parked outside the pier amongst the tables.

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