The Vale of Glamorgan Council says “survey monitoring equipment” – which was installed in December to monitor the development of serious cracks in the structure of the much-criticised Penarth Head Viewing Platform has been “tampered with” by “vandals.“
The council says that because the equipment has been interfered with the survey work is being delayed and also hampering the Vale Council’s efforts to deal with the problem.
The cracks appearing in the main structure of the 150 tonne structure – poised on the fragile cliff edge – were first reported by PDN on November 14th 2016. ( See http://tinyurl.com/gw22no4 )
Subsequently barriers were installed to prevent public access to the platform and a large section of land adjacent to the cliff edge was fenced-off. (See http://tinyurl.com/zbh6te8 )
The Vale Council appears to be shifting the blame for building the heavily criticised structure by now saying it was built “in response to the work carried out by the Penarth Tourism and Visitor Association (PTVA) “ – but in fact the PTVA was never consulted about the final design of the edifice and the Vale of Glamorgan carried out no public consultations and did not put its scheme through its own planning procedures.
Neither the full Vale of Glamorgan Council planning committee nor the Penarth Town Council planning committee was ever consulted about the scheme.
The Vale Council says today that “Construction was completed and the platform was opened to the public in 2015 (work to add interpretation panels and other ‘finishing touches’ was planned for 2016/17). [ PDN Note: The Council does not mention that the “interpretation panels” were installed in the wrong places. ] However, in late 2016 small cracks developed in the walls of the structure and so surveying work was commissioned to identify the cause. ”
The council says “additional monitoring equipment will now be put in place and secured. The results of the survey are now expected in February – provided there is no further “vandalism” or “tampering“at the scene.