As first reported on PDN on June 3rd 2016 ( see http://tinyurl.com/gnlk99y) the Vale of Glamorgan Council has today confirmed that Plassey Square, the children’s play area at Paget Road and the Dingle Park off Windsor Road are to be “upgraded”.
The work is being undertaken under a new scheme now to be called the “North Penarth Open Space Improvement Scheme” . An upgrade to the existing skateboard facilities at Cogan Recreation Ground is also part of the plans.
The funding is being provided by Penarth Heights developers Crest Nicholson as “Section 106” funding – money that developers are required to pay to local authorities to mitigate the effects of developments in specific local areas .
This re-packaged and re-branded initiative follows the Labour-controlled Vale Council’s failure in 2014 to carry public opinion with it for its abortive plans to install a 105 foot long concrete skateboard park in the Paget Road Children’s Play Area (see PDN http://tinyurl.com/mmv5wjb) and turn the area into an “all-ages” Adult Outdoor Gymnasium and Skateboard Park. The scheme ran into significant public opposition.
This time , before work starts there is to be a “wide ranging public consultation” that will run from Monday June 13th to Monday August 8th 2016 in which local residents, school pupils, and “anyone else with an interest in the future of Penarth’s green spaces will be able to have their say” . The on-line survey will be available on www.valeofglamorgan.gov.uk/consultation or by attending one of four “drop-in sessions”.
The “drop-in sessions” will be held at :
- Paget Rooms, Tuesday 28 June 6pm – 8pm;
- Tabernacle, Plassey Street, Wednesday 6 July, 3pm-5pm;
- The Kymin, Monday 11 July, 5pm-7pm;
- Penarth Leisure Centre, Thursday 21 July, 11am-1pm.
The Vale Council says it’s now considering upgrading the existing play areas, installing a “fitness trail”, tree planting, wildflower areas, installing new seating and putting in a “substantially upgraded skate park” at Cogan Recreation Ground .