THE VIEW DISAPPEARS FROM THE “PENARTH HEAD VIEWING PLATFORM”

The "view" from the Penarth Hrad Viewing Platform (Photo Julian Marsh)

The “view” from the Penarth Head Viewing Platform (Photo Julian Marsh)

Visitors to Penarth Head Park  are now pointing out that there seems to be something missing when they arrive at the summit of Penarth Head at the so-called “Penarth Head Viewing Platform“… It’s the view.

The “viewing platform” was supposed to allow visitors to enjoy the panorama of a sweeping Bristol Channel seascape  – taking in Cardiff, Newport, the Severn Bridge, Bristol , Burnham, Weston-Super-Mare, the Somerset coast, the Holm Islands and Lavernock Point.

The recesses in the rampart of the "viewing platform" are were supposed to contian plaques indicating points of interest to be seen

The recesses in the rampart of the “viewing platform”  were supposed to contain information plaques indicating points of interest. The plaques were never installed – and many of the recesses were misaligned to point towards local flats and houses (Photo Julian Marsh)

However so many un-tended saplings and bushes have now sprouted up along the cliff face that visitors to the “Viewing Platform” have a struggle to see anything at all.

The massive £100,000 grey brick edifice was built without public consultation and without planning permission by the Labour-run Vale of Glamorgan Council.

The forbidding grey walls of the Penarth Head viewing platform were supposed to have beds of flowers laid around the base to - as the Vale Council promised- "soften and reduce the intial impact of the brick wall". Nothing happened.

The forbidding grey walls of the Penarth Head viewing platform were supposed to have beds of flowers laid around the base to – as the Vale Council promised- “soften and reduce the initial impact of the brick wall”. Nothing happened.

It immediately ran into a gauntlet of public criticism from local residents appalled at its enormous size and  grim Soviet-style monumental design.

Cllr Lis Burnett (Labour St Augustines) Deputy Leader of the Vale of Glamorgan Council

Cllr Lis Burnett (Labour St Augustines) Deputy Leader of the Vale of Glamorgan Council

Cllr Lis Burnett (Labour St Augustine’s and now Deputy Leader of the Vale of Glamorgan Council promised last autumn that flowers would be planted at the base of the edifice to “soften” its impact – but not a single plant has yet appeared.

During building, environmentalists were concerned to discover that 84 tonnes of liquid concrete had been poured into foundations dug down in the fragile clifftop and the weight of the entire structure is well over 100 tonnes.

On completion it was found that many of the recesses for “information plaques”  – specially built along the top of the ramparts of the viewing platform –  had  been misaligned . They lined-up with local flats and houses rather than across the channel towards  geographical points of interest.

 

 

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20 Responses to THE VIEW DISAPPEARS FROM THE “PENARTH HEAD VIEWING PLATFORM”

  1. David Moorcraft says:

    I know of a handicapped young woman who lives near Westbourne Road, who is obliged to use a “conventional” wheelchair. Accessing the wheelchair ramp to this “Observation Platform she finds that the wall prevents her from seeing anything at all, which utterly defeats the whole point of this £100 k , 100 tonne ugly imposition.
    And that’s before these bushes sprout up !

  2. sjleworthy says:

    to be honest the summer growth of those few bushes is the least of the issues.

  3. Ben Salter says:

    I wonder how much it would cost to remove? I would happily contribute to a demolition fund.

  4. AK says:

    Only the Vale of Glamorgan could come up with such a catalogue of incompetence.

    Perhaps the supervising officer was off with stress.

  5. Steve says:

    If they had kept the bushes down in the first place this eyesore would not have benn necessary to begin with,Perhaps the council are missing the ugly grey car park and this gives them cold comfort.

  6. Richardson says:

    I agree I would happily chip into get rid of this eyesore. VoG and Burnett should be ashamed of themselves.

  7. Penileaks says:

    Surely the VoG could add a second floor to it ?

  8. Brickie says:

    Get the chain saw man out!!!

  9. Anne Greagsby says:

    Promises, promises…Labours Lis Burnett seems to have an extreme dislike of flowers and trees. Still no flowers on our roundabout.

  10. Kevin Mahoney says:

    Couldn’t make it up could you?

  11. Mgg says:

    Well , we tried to dislodge it with the improved sound at Music in Belle Vie Park on Sunday !!!
    We will try heavy metal next year .

    • Graham Breller says:

      Get some heavy metal “music” piped to the Head, have a few ‘headbangers’ (or ‘Head Bangers’ perhaps) dancing on top of the folly. The added weight of their combined dandruff will undoubtedly prove to be enough to tip the scales, and we can applaud when the whole blessed lot disappears into the briny.

  12. Parcel says:

    “The massive £100,000 grey brick edifice was built without public consultation and without planning permission by the Labour-run Vale of Glamorgan Council.”
    (I thought they were supposed to uphold the rules an regs, not break em)
    The structure is reminiscent of the ole pill boxes, minus the slots for the guns:
    Are they expecting an invasion then.
    Altogether now, “We’ll meet again”………………………………………….

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