IT’S “HEALTH AND SAFETY” THAT’S CLOSED PENARTH MARINA’S SWING BRIDGE

The Penarth Marina swing bridge rotates through 90 degrees to reach acioss to the opposite side of the waterway. Red lights flash when it's in traqnsit and a complicated series of interlocked automatic gates opens to admit pedestrians

The Penarth Marina swing bridge rotates through 90 degrees to reach acioss to the opposite side of the waterway. Red lights flash when it’s in traqnsit and a complicated series of interlocked automatic gates opens to admit pedestrians

Penarth Marina Residents Association has discovered that the swing bridge across the Town Quay waterway – which links the two residential areas of the marina is out of action not because it needs repair but because of  “Health and Safety” issues.

The residents association has been told that the bridge – which rotates to allow pedestrians to cross from one side of the marina – will cost £120,000 to bring up to current Health and Safety standards

The swing bridge was lit up and being used by pedestrians last year. But has been out of action now for more than 12 months

The swing bridge was lit up and being used by pedestrians last year. But has been out of action now for more than 12 months

The current H&S requirements are said to involve “flashing lights” and “audio alarms” which residents say “may cause issues” with those who live nearby because it would be in action 24 hours a day . Such systems were installed when the bridge was built – but were disconnected after people complained about them.

The Vale of Glamorgan Council is now offering to send its own representative to carry out a “survey”.  Meanwhile Quay Marinas are reported to have said that before they invest money in upgrading the alarm systems they want to be assured that there will be no complaints when they’re working again .

 

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5 Responses to IT’S “HEALTH AND SAFETY” THAT’S CLOSED PENARTH MARINA’S SWING BRIDGE

  1. Brickie says:

    This bridge has been in operation for over a quarter of a century and they’ve now decided we need an audible alarm? It’s about time the nanny state stood back and encouraged people to take more responsibility for themselves. They’ll be wanting to build a wall around the entire water’s edge next – and asking the Mexicans to pay for it!

    • whatsoccurin says:

      Strange you should say that-noticed yesterday the safety rails near the bridge have now been extended-up until then for years there has only been “chicken wire” which was obviously unsafe-no doubt the “audible alarm” will include sirens and bilingual audible warnings causing disruption to local residents-but a sign of the times-someone obviously said the Kingsway Swansea, with one way traffic on one side and buses going in both directions on the opposite side was a great idea!.

  2. snoggerdog says:

    whos paying for all these ELFS ,oh!hang on its of course!

  3. AK says:

    The audible / bilingual warnings on the barrage locks are a joke. The siren actually starts AFTER the barrier gates have begun to move. Totally pointless.

  4. JB says:

    I live next to the bridge. It hasn’t been closed for twelve months – only since June/July – and there were audible alarms and lights already. You can’t hear them through the double glazing unless it’s a very quiet night. It’s the people who cross the bridge who are the noise source, especially in the early hours😉

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