A road described as "Northcliff" is the only one in Penarth due to be resurfaced in the next three years

A road described as “Northcliff” is the only one in Penarth due to be resurfaced in the next three years – there is actually no “Northcliff Road” in Penarth. Northcliff Drive off Paget Place is a private road.

The Labour controlled Vale of Glamorgan Council’s ‘cabinet’ has approved plans which mean that only one road in the whole of the Penarth area will be re-surfaced between now and the end of 2019 .

An internal council report says that a prioritised list of roads across the Vale which require resurfacing has been prepared following a “technical scanner survey”  and “physical on-site condition assessments” by “experienced highway maintenance staff”.

The roads will be re-surfaced in ranked order of those listed . Those that the council doesn’t get around to in the current financial year “due to budget constraints” will “automatically follow through into next year’s plan”.

Penarth motorists are advised not to hold their breath for the Northcliff resurfacing it's almost at the bottom opf the Vale Council's "prioritised list"

Penarth motorists are advised not to hold their breath for the Northcliff resurfacing . It will involve 1000 square metres and will cost £5,500  – but it’s almost at the bottom of the Vale Council’s “prioritised list”

The report notes “There is currently no road maintenance grant funding available
from the Welsh Government” and as a result the work will be paid for from the Vale Council’s capital budget which stands at £1,444,000 in the current  financial year. This amount includes what’s called “slippage” from the previous financial year.

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  1. e roberts says:

    I’ve seen various (massive) figures bandied around for compensation paid out following vehicle damage caused by potholes. Seems to be false economy not to repair as many roads as possible – would save on the compensation claims.

  2. Daviesgirl3 says:

    Unbelievable! Penarth’s roads are a disgrace and have been commented on by several visitors. Can anything be done to change this situation?

  3. Andrew Worsley says:

    Is anyone surprised ??? I doubt it , as far as I can see Penarth is treated as an afterthought by VOGC.. no road sweepers (well not that you’d spot) a quick sweep once a week?? Some of the roads and pavements are in atrocious condition . as far as VOGC are concerned it seems out of sight out of mind. A lane in my area used to be swept once a fortnight up to about 7 or 8 years ago, the man then retired and was not replaced . I had to phone this Council once over the state this lane had got in and it had been like it for about 3 months or more , when I spoke to a female answering the phone she replied “well we do have other things to do “. I replied . “yes you do , but this rubbish has been laying around for weeks not just a few days”, it got me nowhere. Then phoning again about a week later , I told the man on the phone , who worked in the correct Dept about the situation mentioned this lane used to be swept ever 2 weeks , he replied , “well now its EVERY 3 MONTHS ” adding “if your lucky” this happened a few years back but this person works for the VOGC so I had it from ‘the horses mouth’ so to speak.

  4. Andrew Worsley says:

    Talking of the roads , I did mention a few weeks ago that in the area I was brought up in , (not in Wales) the Council used to surface the road with tar sprayed on followed by a lorry with its load of small pebbles which were laid on the fresh tar . This was finished off by a roller that was used to press the pebbles into the tar. The tar may have been applied different in some instances but the top layer was always pebbles . Why has this practice stopped or did it never happen in Wales , and as Penarth or should I say South Wales is by the sea I would have thought pebbles would be more attainable ??? Anyway didn’t get a response last time so if no one knows , no big deal.

    • Ivor Bagman says:

      You couldn’t have lived
      By the sea because
      They use chippings
      In Porthcawl !

    • AK says:

      Probably because the tar would melt in the sun, the stone chips would cause chips on the paintwork or stick to the wheel arches.

      We used to drive on solid tyres too – technology moves on

  5. Johnabutt says:

    Victoria Rd should be at the top of the list!

  6. Johnabutt says:

    Not to mention Archer Rd too!!

  7. Anne Greagsby says:

    If it is at Northcliffe …Is this to facilitate the new brutalist development by Chris Loyn and the felling of 25 trees.

    • Ivor Bagman says:

      Ask the residents about
      The sink hole in the car park !
      Just where the proposed
      Entrance could be .

    • Ford Prefect says:

      No, it seems to refer to the adopted road for the existing brutalist development at Northcliffe. The plans for the new development don’t interact with the existing road at all.

  8. gary petherick says:

    do plymouth rd and marine parade they pay enough concil tax and roads full of humps and bumps taxi driver

    • whatsoccurin says:

      Agree-the surface on these roads is awful, even though both roads are busy, yet Fort Road which runs from Lavernock Road down to the Marconi Chalet Site has been re-surfaced and is as smooth as a Grand Prix surface ,and as a result is far more dangerous for pedestrians.

    • Ford Prefect says:

      That’s not how tax works is it. You don’t spend more on more affluent areas. If that was all you did with it, it would have no effect. Obviously, more tax is spent on poorer and more vulnerable people.

  9. Fiona Whitfield says:

    My son was told by his driving coach that they take learners on Penarth roads as if you manage this you can manage any road in BRITAIN and this was 25 years ago -their worse now oh by the bus stop at side of library they have put tar mac down cos of the puddle and the puddle still comes on the top ha ha

  10. Frank Evans says:

    Did you know a sizeable proportion of your penarth town council precept goes to subsidise barry town council funds. This apart from the rest of your council tax that get transfered to band a/b barry. Remind me again where all the money is spent?

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