ROW OVER PENARTH’S LESS-THAN-MAGIC ROUNDABOUT TAKES TO TWITTER

The Penarth Clock Roundabout back to bare brown earth after flowers planted by local environmentalists were ripped out by the Vale Council

The Penarth Clock Roundabout is just bare brown earth after flowers planted by local environmentalists were ripped out by the Vale Council

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.

The marigolds and primroses which local people had sown on the roundabout before being removed

The marigolds and primroses on the roundabout had grown from seeds sown by local residents – but the flowers were uprooted by the Vale Council

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.

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

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 tweet on Twitter by "Mike" which asked when the Vale and Penarth Councils would plant flowers on Penarth's Clock Roundabout

The tweet on Twitter by “Mike” which asked when the Vale and Penarth Councils would plant flowers on Penarth’s Clock Roundabout

Penarth Town Council says as soon as it knows when the "sockets" (the three holes into which the three Xmas Trees will be installed) it will be able to provide a "timeline" for planting flowers on the Clock Roundabout

Penarth Town Council says as soon as it knows when the “sockets” (the three holes on the roundabout into which the three Xmas Trees will be installed by the Vale of Glamorgan Council ) it will be able to provide a “timeline” for planting flowers on the Clock Roundabout

"Mike" replies - apparently unconvinced by Penarth Town Council's reply

“Mike” replies – apparently unconvinced by Penarth Town Council’s reply. [For non-Twitter users the punctuation marks represent a “wink”.]

The same day the  Twitter poster using the sylvan pen-name “Penarth Xmas Tree” then replies to “Mike” :-

"Penarth Xmas Tree" then replies to "Mike - but copies-in the Vale of Glamorgan and Penarth Council

“Penarth Xmas Tree” then replies to “Mike” – but copies-in the Vale of Glamorgan and Penarth Council

At this point Penarth Town Council re-enters the exchange and replies to Penarth Xmas Tree:- ,

Penarth Town Council replies to "Penarth Xmas Tree" - copying in both the Vale of GlamorganCouncil and "Mike"

Penarth Town Council replies to “Penarth Xmas Tree” – copying in both the Vale of Glamorgan Council and “Mike” of mywooddesigns.

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.


 

 

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5 Responses to ROW OVER PENARTH’S LESS-THAN-MAGIC ROUNDABOUT TAKES TO TWITTER

  1. Paul says:

    They are just going round an round with their excuses….

  2. Brian H. says:

    What a load of Twaddle all the Council are doing is not spending Money on resources ie Plants for Our Roundabout, Holes in the roads, “Good Night Sweetheart” switch off the Street lights at Midnight !!, and stopping a Great Cafe from selling Ice Cream why do people Vote Labour they are not a “People Party” they are SAVING ALL THOSE EXPENSES TO PAY FOR THEIR PAY RISES & MEETING EXPENSES …. basicly they are “Robbing & depriving Peter (Us Rate Payers) to pay Paul (Themselves) !!! wake up people of Penarth !!!!

  3. Clive Bowman says:

    • Peter Church says:

      Why is Liz Burnett pretending to be Marlene Dietrich?

      #Sag mir, wo die Blumen von Penarth sind,
      wo sind sie geblieben?
      Sag mir, wo die Blumen von Penarth sind,
      was ist geschehn?
      Sag mir, wo die blumen von Penarth sind,
      Geshafting der Menschen von Penarth.
      Das bin ich!#

  4. jom says:

    i bope the local greens take on lis burnett next may, she has lost the wars before and deserves to again, she is much too dismissive and high and mighty to be a
    good local cllr in my view!

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