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.
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
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, 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.
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.
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?”.