The Penarth bilingual wayfinding signage

The new Penarth bilingual ‘wayfinding’ signage

Penarth Council has unveiled what it describes as  “new wayfinding signage” to guide visitors and residents around the town and help them reach their destinations on foot .

The signage project has been delivered by the “Future Projects Partnership Group” – a group of volunteers which meets monthly to develop and implement aspects of the council’s  “Town Place Plan” .

The new signs are in black , with white lettering,  and offer bilingual text with the text in Welsh appearing above the English.

Welsh speakers might quibble with the translation on the new signs

The new signs are bilingual with Welsh at the top

The phrase “Town Centre Shops and Restaurants – step free route” has been translated as “Siopau a Bwytai Canol y Dref – ffordd heb risiau” . The word “grisiau” means ‘stairs’.

The distances are given in miles –  expressed as “Mi”. However the “Mi” contraction could be taken as the Welsh version of miles –  “milltiroedd“. The Welsh Government signage guidelines however, recommend the use of just the letter “M”  for miles. There is no mention of kilometres on the new signage .

The signs have been supplied by Furnitubes International Ltd at a cost of £26,396.40p 

The Mayor of Penarth Cllr Mike Cuddy

The Mayor of Penarth Cllr Mike Cuddy

Council leader and mayor of Penarth Cllr. Mike Cuddy has said he is  very pleased that the town council had been able to fund this new signage and felt that it would be a great asset for the town.

Gary Soltys Chairman of the Penarth Momemtum Group and also chair of the Penarth Tourism and Visitor Association

Gary Soltys Chairman of the Penarth Momentum Group and also chair of the Penarth Tourism and Visitor Association

Gary Soltys, of the Penarth firm Soltys Brewster Consulting, (who is chairman of the Penarth Tourist and Visitors Association and of the Penarth Momentum Group)  volunteered his professional expertise to progress the project through from the initial selection of the locations through to the delivery and installation of the finished signposts.

Cllr Philip Rapier (Labour St Augustines)

Cllr Philip Rapier (Labour St Augustines)

The project was initiated following criticism made in a council meeting in September 2015   by Cllr Philip Rapier (Labour St Augustines) – of the deteriorating state of some of the existing “finger-posts” or pedestrian direction signs in the town.

Cllr Rapier had cited a particularly rusty example outside the Turner Gallery in Plymouth Road at the top of the Dolly Steps leading down the Esplanade.

The "rusty" sign criticised by Cllr Rapier doesn't mention Penarth Pier

The old “rusty” sign criticised by Cllr Rapier didn’t mention the pier

Cllr Rapier had said the blue sign in rusty condition at this location was a “source of considerable personal embarrassment” and said he had lost count of the number of people who had asked him “which way is it to the Sea Front and the Pier?”.




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  1. Anne Greagsby says:

    Why have we unelected people making decisions without consulting us? Why couldn’t the town council decide on these signs appearance and style rather than a secret group whose meetings and decisions aren’t opened to public scrutiny? These signs are bland and unsuitable for our conservation areas. I do hope they don’t all require new poles adding to our street clutter. Finally, is this the same group that is going to foist a ‘Penarth bench’ on us. Tine Gary Soltys stood for the town council so he can be held to account for his actions.

  2. The Tax payer says:

    At least the old signs pointed you in the right direction. £26k seems a lot so how meny signs are we getting for this amount and did PTC have more than one quote for this ??

  3. M.T. says:

    How many signs did we get for our £26,396.40p?

  4. Clive says:

    I presume way finding is not the same as directional as no arrows visible in the otherwise improved signage

  5. Lindsay says:

    For goodness sake, something helpful to the town has been done and it’s just another thing to moan about. DO something, not just denigrate those who give up their time and make an effort.

    • 249ers says:

      I couldnt agree more, why are all the comments here so negative? If the contributors to PDN are so unhappy with the way things are done why don’t they volunteer and make a difference? Maybe they could start joining the group mentioned in this article. “Future Projects Partnership Group” – a group of volunteers which meets monthly to develop and implement aspects of the council’s “Town Place Plan” .

      • Anne Greagsby says:

        It isn’t possible to join the group unless Gary is your friend. The groups meetings are secret and they don’t publish minutes. So why is that? The town council decided this as they can’t do the job they were elected to do.

      • Lindsay says:

        Thank you 249ers. May I also suggest joining the Vale Viewpoint. It is a panel of Vale residents who are consulted to help set the priorities of public bodies in the Vale.

    • Lindsay says:

      Anne, I’m sure you are very well meaning but I don’t think I’ve ever read a positive post from you.

      • Peter Church says:

        Lindsay, are you a spoken person for all things Labour and socialist?
        I really wonder who you are, if you are so dissatisfied with the posts on here being so negative why do you bother to even read them and then to criticise others?
        The words Kettle and Pot do come to mind!

      • Lindsay says:

        Dear me Peter, I think you would struggle to find a post from me that specifically mentions any political party and I certainly don’t speak for any. I’m not dissatisfied with posts on here, I’m just trying to establish some fairness and balance, which is what PDN is about. Why do I read them? Well, I don’t believe this is a private members club. Do you? More to the point I think, why do you take exception to my putting an alternative point of view on some matters?

  6. Martin Coffee says:

    Have they had the necessary permissions and consents from the highway authority for the signs? If not why not? If so why was there no consultation? We should be told.

  7. Chris Williamson says:

    Spending our money wisely I see. (note the hint of sarcasm)

  8. Peter Church says:

    Why do we have to have that gobbledygook mixture of letters on the signs, just to please a some language nut cases. If Google would invent an automatic translation glasses that just removes all the vowels and scrambles what’s left, I wonder would they be then happy?

    • penarthblog says:

      I’m very proud to be English, but in my everyday life I try to use Welsh as much as I can, even if its thing like good morning or thank you or hello. It’s just being respectful to the culture of the country in which I now live.

  9. Mgg says:

    Public consultation 2013 town place plan from such consultation . signage a component of same .
    town council and community partnership group as per numerous towns acroos the land As Ms Greasby is fully aware such groups do not publish minutes and membership due to legalities of confidentiality as non elected members .As for suggesting only if you are Gary’s friend can you join that does tend to represent the validity and iinnacuracy of Mr Greasbys comments .Also any delivery plans from the group then go to elected members for finance and ratification with relevant frameworks such as highwaysvetc. Minutes of such elected members discussions are freely available as per the law .

  10. I find the proposed new signs a welcome addition to Penarth street furniture. Well done Town Council, good spending decision. If you concentrate on the pennies, the pounds will look after themselves, is my favorite mantra.
    Perhaps we could have new signage telling all Penarth folk where the new defibrillators are? Failing that they could point to the new Funeral Parlour in case the units don’t work or the doors are locked 🙂

  11. penarthblog says:

    Some on here want other types of businesses to open, well that’s good, now all you have to do is get your cheque books out. Good Luck!

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