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 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 .