Traders in Windsor Road are complaining they can’t access the lane directly behind their own premises – because of large refuse bins which have apparently been wheeled there – allegedly from the premises of Coffee#1 – which is located over 100 yards away.
One of the complainants, Mr Robert Mulcahy, says Coffee #1 now has 3 “Biffa” wheeled bins “permanently sited” in the back lane running from Glebe St to Arcot street behind the Windsor Road shops, – a lane which Mr Mulcahy points out “ is not attached in any way” to the Coffee #1 premises.
The narrow gated passage is a public thoroughfare which is open during trading hours and serves the rear doors, yards and garages of premises which back on to it and also the residents of Ludlow Street . But those premises don’t include Coffee #1 – which is located in a separate block of buildings some 100 yards away .
Mr Mulcahy says that the Biffa bins being left in the back lane have nothing to do with either his business or those of his immediate business neighbours. He says the back lane is now being seen as “a depository for all sorts of other waste“ and is “often a foul looking and stinking area only yards from a prime town-centre footfall area“.
Mr Mulcahy says Coffee #1 has been asked to supply details of any formal council consent that is has been granted to site its bins in Penarth Town Centre lane which is well away from its own business – but so far, he says, the coffee shop has not responded.
Vale of Glamorgan planning records however show that in 2010 Coffee#1 had submitted a planning application for a bin store in Ludlow Lane – at the rear of its popular coffee shop. That application was rejected by the council on the grounds that is was “an inappropriate and poor design and form of development in the Conservation Area which detracts from the character and setting of that area and also represents a danger to highway and pedestrian safety .”
The storage of waste is an issue for most local traders Mr Mulcahy says, but ” many are perplexed and angry that Coffee #1 is apparently being allowed this advantage [of using someone else’s back lane for its bins ] when other traders within the same area have to contend with the storage of waste on and within their own premises until collection.”
Mr Mulcahy says the matter has been reported to “various council officials but nothing happens”. He says the issue “seems to fall between the areas which people are responsible for …. Highways say its ‘Waste’ and Waste say it’s the ‘commercial operators.'” Meanwhile the back lane continues to be used – says Mr Mulcahy – as what he calls ” a giant bin store”.
A comment from Coffee#1 has been invited and is awaited.