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.
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.”
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”