“VANDALS” DISRUPT CRACK-INVESTIGATIONS AT PENARTH HEAD VIEWING PLATFORM

Yellow markers have been fixed at intervals to the structure and horizontal markers glued over the cracks in the structure and over explansion joints

Yellow markers have been fixed at intervals to the structure and horizontal markers glued over the cracks in the structure and over expansion joints. The marker shown in the inlay photo has been removed by someone and is now missing .

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.

There is now nothing holding the two sections of wall - together

There is now nothing holding the two sections of wall – together

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 )

Steel crowd-barriers have been chained and padlocked in position at the entrances to the viewing platform - but it's easy to duck underneath the stainless steel railings to obtain access

Steel crowd-barriers have been chained and padlocked in position at the entrances to the viewing platform – but it’s easy to duck underneath the stainless steel railings to obtain access

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.

Yellow movement markers were attached to the structure and also driven into the ground on Penarth Head

Yellow movement markers were attached to the structure and also driven into the ground on Penarth Head. Any change in their position is measured electronically

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 surveyors have even placed some movement markers in the road-surface half way down Penarth Head Lane

The surveyors have even placed some movement markers in the road-surface half way down Penarth Head Lane

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.

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16 Responses to “VANDALS” DISRUPT CRACK-INVESTIGATIONS AT PENARTH HEAD VIEWING PLATFORM

  1. Penileaks says:

    Demolish and remove immediately and build a boxy block of modern apartments to compliment those that are being sought to be built in Northcliffe Drive, they can then all arrive on the beach at around the same time !

  2. sjleworthy says:

    Vandals? Thats the pot calling the kettle black is it not???

  3. NickP says:

    Difficult to tell difference between council and vandals…

  4. There is a difference between vandals and the Council, the ordinary vandals are usually youngsters the Council type are older and some of them wear high visibility jackets so you can tell them apart. Keep a watch out this year when the weather improves we will have tree vandals , clock roundabout ones and various others . The mostly costly vandalism to date has been the viewing platform and the cost is not even half done with yet , it was priced at £100, 000 to build that’s most likely the figure deemed best to tell the public probably is closer to £200.000. With more costs to come. Why the Police didn’t act when they were aware of this vandalism taking place is a mystery , but I suppose they were fooled by the high viz jackets , anybody in a high viz jacket cannot be considered as vandals . I Expect burglars and muggers etc to wear them this year , and if they do the Police will be mystified to who is doing the crime. Just a quick tip for shoplifters in Penarth ‘wear a high visibility jacket ‘.

  5. snoggerdog says:

    V.O.G.C.=vandals of glamorgan council.

  6. David Moorcraft says:

    Totally agree with above comments. Placing a 150 Tonne platform – which no-one seems to have Ever asked for – right near the very edge of a cliff which is known to be friable and subject to erosion and falls , could reasonably be described as wanton vandalism.
    The Vale Council might well have grounds for a case against the Consulting Engineers who OK’d this folly.
    I believe the Vale Leader ; Cllr Neil Moore (?) was largely responsible for this unwanted “Present” , perhaps he could take the lead in making arrangements to have it removed : …..and re-erected in his own Constituency ? (Barry is it ?)

  7. Peter Church says:

    This is Councillor Lis Burnett’s folly!!
    A lesson to everyone what can happen if you only read your own press releases.

  8. Paul says:

    The cracks are starting to show, in the grand scheme of things…

  9. Frank Evans says:

    As others have said the real vandals are the labour cabinet in the vog. This should never have been built in the first place.
    A waste of tax payers money and not a special place as someone most comically said.

  10. David Moorcroft the Council did not get consultation from anyone (before erecting this monstrosity) according to the reports in to this, so they cannot sue them, I think the general public should sue the Council for waste of public funds . Don’t forget to vote out these ‘ne’er do wells’ in May,. they are not fit to run a bath.

    • Hywel says:

      Be assured, Andrew, they will not be ‘voted out’. People seem to prefer the devil they know – whether through apathy or idleness. I think the Labour lot know they are sitting pretty. That said, Plaid might be in with a shout with doughty Anne Greagsby storming onto the scene. She didn’t mess about at Northcliffe and perhaps won a few fans.

  11. Vic says:

    Wonder what the final cost of all this over-the-top (pun intended) monitoring will be? Seems an awfully expensive way of checking how much the cracks are opening. I’ve got a steel rule and don’t mind popping up once a day to record the progress. And if I only charge half what these guys are costing, I think I’ll be onto a nice little earner!

  12. Vic just for a moment on how this monstrosity is to be moved ,they cannot use heavy machinery near it due to the land subsiding , any vibrations such as pneumatic drills is also a risk , sledge hammers causing vibrations a risk , groups of people working on it a risk , stacking a moving any removed stone , a risk. Due to the ground threatening to give way in the vicinity of the platform , slowly at the moment but could speed up at any time, and even once the thing is removed the ground will remain unstable do to the stress its been through or going through still.

  13. Anthony Stingl says:

    Having watched this project from the beginning I find it incredible that we cannot find the people or body responsible for giving the OK to build this, Penarth didn’t want it but the people were not consulted in what they wanted. As for waiting to vote them out they should have legal case against them for wasting public money, this little project is going to run up figures in the region of quarter of a million quid by the time it is removed not to mention the devaluation of the houses built thirty foot away.

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