A Penarth resident is reported to raised queries with the Vale of Glamorgan Council and the police about the impunity with which film crews are apparently allowed to park on double-yellow lines in the town.
The issue has been raised following the filming of a thriller series being made for Channel 4 called “Born to Kill” – reported by PDN last week ( See http://tinyurl.com/gro2576 )
The local newspaper the Barry Gem says “A Penarth resident contacted The GEM last week to highlight the proliferation of film company pantechnicons standing alongside kerbs that have parking restictions.” The complainant went on to say “I’ve seen a number that have been parked on yellow lines and yellow hatches, and they cause quite serious problems. They seem to park wherever they want to.”
The resident has also asked the Vale Council whether any agreement to relax parking restrictions had been “underpinned by a policy or set guidance” and asked whether “risk assessments” had been carried out .
The Vale of Glamorgan council has told The GEM : “A television crew were given special dispensation to park on some restricted areas around Bridgeman Road in Penarth on Tuesday, January 11, as they were filming in the location. Permission was granted after consultation with the ‘civil parking enforcement team’ in Bridgend, who confirmed the arrangement would not cause undue disruption in the area.
The Vale Council says “The film crew were also advised to contact the police to ensure parking the vehicles in that area was appropriate. There were conditions to permission being granted. They were not allowed to park within 10 metres of a junction or on the zig zag lines either side of a zebra crossing.”
The Vale council points out that “Encouraging television companies to film in the Vale can be of major benefit to the area” and can ” help boost tourism, which in turn gives the entire local economy a lift.”
Had the Vale of Glamorgan Council not demolished – without any public consultation – Penarth Esplanade’s multi-storey car park , there would have been ample off-road parking space for all the vehicles .