‘SPEND COUNCIL-TAX-PAYERS’ MONEY MORE WISELY’ – PENARTH COUNCILLOR TELLS VALE

Penarth Cllr Clive Williams (Conservative Plymouth Ward) says council-tax-payers' money is to be spent on unnecessarily replacing the Cliff Top Play area whilst other parts of Pen arth - such as the Park Road steps are unsafe and are not being maintained

Penarth Cllr Clive Williams (Conservative Plymouth Ward) says council-tax-payers’ money is to be spent on unnecessarily replacing the modern Cliff Top Play area whilst other parts of Penarth – such as the Park Road Public Steps leading to Alexandra Gardens are unsafe and are not being maintained

A Penarth councillor is criticising the Vale of Glamorgan Council’s proposals to spend council-tax-payers money on  unnecessarily replacing the almost-new children’s playground at Cliff Walk – whilst other play areas – and  other parts of the infrastructure of Penarth – are in dire need of improvement and repair .

The Labour-controlled Vale Council – which faces an election in May next year – has embarked on a series of re-vamps of such high-profile public facilities, including the Cliff Top playground, but is now claimed to be neglecting other parts of the local infrastructure.

Cllr Clive Williams (Conservative Plymouth Ward) is a member of the Vale of Glamorgan Council and Penarth Topwn Council

Cllr Clive Williams (Conservative Plymouth Ward) is a member of the Vale of Glamorgan Council and Penarth Town Council

A former Mayor of Penarth, Cllr Clive Williams (Conservative Plymouth Ward) says”We are continually told money is short, and therefore my criteria would be to spend money wisely and make sure all Health and Safety issues were being observed. “

He points out that the play area at the Old Penarthians is what he describes as a “total hazard, because the rubber squares on the floor to safeguard children have been laid out of alignment, leaving spaces of up to two inches wide. which could trap small feet. These were originally wrongly patched with the patches no longer in place”. This upgrade – he says – “is very long overdue, and I welcome it.”

The Park Road Steps are partially overgrown with brambles and - although used by elderly people - have no hand-rail on them

The Park Road Steps are partially overgrown with brambles and – although used by elderly people – have no hand-rail on them

Cllr Williams says he has also discussed with local residents the conditions of the  Park Road Public Steps which lead from Park Road to Alexandra Gardens and has noted a “total lack of maintenance.”  Cllr Williams says “ The steps at Park road have no handrail, and the brambles have grown 1/3 rd across the steps, plus a tree has been growing for three years without maintenance.  This is a total safety hazard”

Cllr Williams says “If this funding is coming out a ‘special pot’ I would urge the ‘Powers That Be’ in the Vale Council to consider where this money can be most wisely spent” .

He says he welcomes any support on these issues because – he tells council-tax-payers ” it is your money being spent, and councillors are there to serve the public”

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7 Responses to ‘SPEND COUNCIL-TAX-PAYERS’ MONEY MORE WISELY’ – PENARTH COUNCILLOR TELLS VALE

  1. Big Davey says:

    It just seems strange that some of the councillors have an obsession with replacing perfectly functional leisure equipment with skate parks or similar. Does one of the councillors have a closer relationship than they ought to with some of these suppliers?

  2. snoggerdog says:

    you never need to spend money wisely as long as its not your own,M.O.D.,D.T.I. etc

  3. David Moorcraft says:

    Cllr Williams says “Councillors are there to serve the public”. It seems that a few Councillors need reminding of this; a Total failure to communicate with “their” public over items like the wholesale loss of trees in our “leafy town” , the dreaded Observation Platform which now permanently despoils Headland Park, oh , and non- functioning CCTV cameras in Penarth ?

  4. Dr Ceinwen Sawyer says:

    What I can say about tree is cut ’em down on Plymouth and Westbourned Road’. Who decided way back that trees in pavements seemed a logical idea. They make the pavements totally unusable to blind and partially sighted people, people who use a mobility aid and frail elderly people. Plant one in Cosmeston for every one chopped down I say. They also contribute to subsidence and hide the natural light.

  5. AK says:

    Spend Council taxpayers’ money wisely ?

    That’ll be a first !

  6. Volunteer beachwarden says:

    I would hope that on the matter of play equipment the council has taken advice from their Play Development Officer and also Play Wales, which has its national office a few miles away inCardiff Bay, and which has a substantial library open to anyone looking for information relevant to children,s play.

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