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).
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.
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.