The controversial and heavily-criticised Vale of Glamorgan Council created edifice – the Penarth Head Viewing Platform – has been closed to the public and fenced off .
As reported by PDN on November 14th, cracks have appeared in the wall of the massive concrete structure indicating that the cliff face beneath it is giving way beneath the huge 150 ton weight of the 17 month old structure . ( See https://penarthnews.wordpress.com/2016/11/14/cracks-appear-in-vales-100000-penarth-head-viewing-platform/ ).
Today a team of consultant experts from Alpine Land Surveyors have fenced off a large section of the park bordering the cliff face and have placed padlocked barriers across the entrance to the viewing platform itself.
The surveyors say they will be monitoring movement of the walls of the building and can’t say how long the £100,000 the viewing platform – designed and built by the Vale of Glamorgan Council at council tax-payers’ expense – will remain closed.
Alpine Land Surveyors were today installing stainless steel pegs into the earth around the viewing platfrom which contain monitoring equipment linked to sixteen GPS satellites. These will indicate whenever ground movement of more than a millimetre has taken place.
The weighty drab grey edifice has been roundly condemned for its uncompromising, gun-emplacement-like design which now dominates the little park and obscures the view from almost all the park benches. As forecast by local residents, it has also become a target for graffitti vandals.
The project was championed by Vale of Glamorgan Council Leader Neil Moore (Labour Cadoc Ward Barry) and Cllr Lis Burnett ( Labour St Augustines) who is Deputy Leader of the Vale Council . However it was strongly criticised by local residents who said it had been built without any public consultation .
As a sop to critics – an informal herbaceous and wildflower border was recently planted around the base of the structure to “soften” its stark appearance . Now the entire building is out-of-bounds to the taxpayers who were made to pay for it.