There are a couple of surprises in store for members of the public who call in now at Penarth Town Council’s headquarters at West House in Stanwell Road – and no, it’s nothing to do with the illuminated snowperson standing outside in the cold .
When anyone walks towards the main entrance, the two double-doors open inwards automatically to beckon them in – without the customary need to apply a hefty shove on the Victorian brass fingerplates. An infra-red beam detects anyone coming up the path towards the building and the automatic system pulls open the doors without the council having to employ a concierge to do the job.
Another boon for local council-tax payers is a brand new “cabin lift” – which will make it a lot easier to get upstairs to reach the staff working in the main council offices on the first floor – especially for wheelchair users , for parents with prams and for anyone for whom climbing the stairs of West House could be a formidable challenge.
The total cost of internal modifications – including the new lift – was £32,083 . However council documents state that “overall £100,000 can be realised in earmarked reserves for these works in total “.