A new type of “shiny” steel or aluminium street-light which has been installed in Bridgeman Road, Penarth has raised concerns about the replacement of existing traditional black cast-iron lamp standards in the Penarth Conservation Area .
The new “shiny” pole – thought to be the first to be installed in the area by the Vale of Glamorgan Council – has been located on the hill leading from the Pier Pavilion and is adjacent to the Balmoral Quays apartment complex – where it stands out from the rest of the existing lamp standards – all of which are black.
Cllr Anthony Ernest (Conservative Plymouth Ward) who is a Vice-President of Penarth Civic Society, says he was “horrified” to see that the new Bridgeman Road streetlamp was not only of a different design to those nearby, but had been left with a “aluminum” or bright-steel finish and didn’t match the more traditional black cast-iron lamps which he says were “such a prominent and delightful feature across much of the area.”
Cllr Ernest says he can’t understand why the Vale of Glamorgan Council’s Street-Lighting Department is not required to meet the same high standards which apply to homeowners in the Conservation Area.
He also wants to know “exactly what criteria, if any, the Vale has for its own operations in prime Conservation Areas such as Penarth – at the moment it looks as though Council Departments do just as they please, without any design guides for such sensitive works.”
Cllr Ernest understands there are also plans to dig up and remove a traditional black lamp standard in Church Road and replace it with another of the new “shiny bright” light-poles thereby “ruining the symmetry of this fine road with very substantial houses.”
The heritage of Penarth and its integral street patterns – Cllr Ernest says – are features which bring thousands of visitors to Penarth every year. He says previous Vale administrations had worked hard to save the “integrity” of Penarth, something that meant then, and still means now, much to the people of Penarth, who were now being badly let down by these sub-standard street lighting replacements.