PICK’N’MIX DISTANCES ON PENARTH’S NEW-LOOK PEDESTRIAN SIGNS

One of the new signs being installed outside St Augustine's Church yesterday. Pedestrians will have to decide whether the Barrage is a quarter of a mile away or half a mile away Confusingly both distances are given for the same destination on the same sign

One of the new signs being installed outside St Augustine’s Church yesterday. Pedestrians will have to decide whether the Barrage is a three-quarters of a mile away or half-a-mile away. Confusingly both distances are given for the same destination on the same sign.

Many people who have been wondering what the purpose is of the new black steel posts which have sprouted up  on pavements around Penarth have this week discovered what they’re there for.

Teams of council workers have been installing the new £26,000 Penarth “wayfinding signage” which has been specially commissioned by Penarth Town Council (the £26k does not include the cost of installation).

Some might quibble with the sign's assertion that it's only a quarter of a mile from St Augustine's to Penarth Railway Station

Some might quibble with the sign’s assertion that it’s only a quarter of a mile from St Augustine’s to Penarth Railway Station

The signage project has been delivered by the “Future Projects Partnership Group” – a group of unelected volunteers which meets monthly to develop and implement aspects of the council’s “Town Place Plan” .  The idea was to provide greater help for  visitors and residents alike to help them reach their destinations on foot .

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

The distances are given in miles or fractions of miles – but some people have already quibbled about the distances given on the signs.

Plaid Council candidate Anne Greagsby says of the new signs "...wish they could utilise existing poles not plonk them in middle of the footpath." She says the town plan was supposed to reduce street clutter.

Plaid Cymru council candidate Anne Greagsby says of the new signs “Wish they could utilise existing poles not plonk them in middle of the footpath.” She says the town plan was supposed to reduce street clutter.

One of Plaid Cymru’s May 2017 candidates for the St Augustine’s Ward –  Anne Greagsby of Penarth Civic Society  – queried whether a sign in Clive Place claiming Penarth Station is only a quarter of a mile away was accurate. [ PDN Note the actual distance is about half a mile – but at least it’s mostly downhill  ]

The signs have been supplied by Furnitubes International Ltd at a cost of £26,396.40p – but there were problems in erecting some of them.

In one case, a finger-post –  meant to point to Cardiff Bay from St Augustine’s Church  – appeared to have been delivered with no means of locking it in position. A gust of wind or a mischievous vandal could easily  move it around to point in entirely the wrong direction – an effective tactic used by the Germans in France after D Day to confuse Allied troops.

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

 

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6 Responses to PICK’N’MIX DISTANCES ON PENARTH’S NEW-LOOK PEDESTRIAN SIGNS

  1. Big Davey says:

    A different style and colour to the ones already in place and when did Penarth become a mostly Welsh population and are the visitors we are trying to attract all majority Welsh. The French don’t do this, they stick to a theme within a town, be it bins, bollards or signage.

    Perhaps we should try and attract MORE English speaking visitors by focusing on the ENGLISH language, because that is what 90% of the tourist destinations in the world do to attract people from all over the world whose only common language is English.

    Or perhaps we should just have one sign pointing backwards and downhill in Welsh only!

  2. Mark says:

    Will ‘Penarth Head View Point’ be there by the time visitors arrive?

    • Big Davey says:

      Yes it will still be there, but the sign might need to point to the shoreline rather than the cliff!

      • snoggerdog says:

        i.e. big daveys comment,thats what i told the erecter,the penarth head sign should point towards the derelict building,he frowned at me.i get a lot of that. but the queen was smiling at me when i got to the top of dock hill,a banknote had fallen down & asked me to pick it up,i did.

  3. Penileaks says:

    It is surprising that whoever decided on the distances to be shown on these signs got them so wrong in the case the station from the sign at the junction of Church Place South/BelleVue Terrace/Albert Crescent, as a quick search on Google Maps for directions between the two points shows the correct distance instantly.
    However, having carried out this exercise just now, I note that according to Google Maps we have both a Penarth Station (Eastbound) and Penarth Station (Westbound), listed, the Eastbound one being situated in Stanwell Road, directly outside the Conservative Club and the Westbound platform being situated again in Stanwell Road, directly outside Avon House. No wonder the sign makers got a bit confused !

  4. snoggerdog says:

    show me the way to amarillo!

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