The long-running rumpus over this year’s lack of the traditional flower-displays on Penarth’s Town Centre Clock Roundabout has been continuing on the social medium “Twitter” – with the Penarth Town Council now entering the fray.
The back story here is that, in the past, there has usually been a colourful floral display on Penarth’s central roundabout every summer – but not this year. Vale of Glamorgan Council has been heavily criticised for pouring commercial weedkiller on the roundabout this year to stop any flowers growing on it.
Subsequent attempts by Penarth environmentalists to bring a little summertime colour to the roundabout (the hub of Penarth) by sowing Marigolds and Evening Primrose seeds on it on it came to nothing when – as soon as the flowers (against all odds) blossomed – they were immediately removed by the Vale Council and the prominent plot reverted once again to barren earth.
The Deputy Leader of the Vale of Glamorgan Council Cllr Lis Burnett (Labour St Augustines), after initially deigning to provide any explanation at all for the lack of flowers, eventually – when pressed by Penarth Civic Society – did issue a statement which appeared to identify the cause of the debacle as a hitherto undisclosed Penarth Town Council plan to set up 3 Christmas trees on the roundabout this year, rather than just the one.
Some Penarth residents reacting on Twitter however, appear to be less than convinced by the explanations and – as Christmas isn’t normally observed in Penarth until December – can’t see why either council couldn’t have put some sort of floral display on the roundabout this summer.
There has now been a lively exchange of correspondence on Twitter between a local resident “Mike” of My Wood Designs, Penarth Town Council and another resident using the pen-name “Penarth Xmas Tree” – purporting to be writing from the arboraceous standpoint of the roundabout’s single – if less than vertical – traditional Christmas tree.The same day the Twitter poster using the sylvan pen-name “Penarth Xmas Tree” then replies to “Mike” :-
At this point Penarth Town Council re-enters the exchange and replies to Penarth Xmas Tree:- ,
For those readers who are still with us, perhaps an explanatory note is required here. Penarth Town Council is not, of course, implying that Twitter poster (and probably council-tax payer) “Penarth Xmas Tree” is friendless internet troll; what the council is actually trying to say is that there will be two additional trees to keep “Penarth Xmas Tree” company on the roundabout this Christmas.
Meanwhile – apart from the odd stray marigold that’s somehow survived the Vale Council’s cull – the saga continues, and the Penarth Town Clock Roundabout remains barren.