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.
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 ,