CARTE-BLANCHE PARKING FOR FILM-CREWS IN PENARTH IS QUERIED

Some of the film trucks parked on double yellows on Penarth Esplanade last week

Some of the film trucks parked on double yellows on Penarth Esplanade last week

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 film trucks were parked on Penarth Esplanade with the agreement of the Vale Council

The film trucks were parked on Penarth Esplanade with the agreement of the Vale Council

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 .

One lane of Bridgeman Road was coned-off to allow film vehicles to park

The Vale Council agreed to cone-off one lane of Bridgeman Road to allow film vehicles to park

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.”

A sequence for "Born to Kill" was filmed beneath Penarth Pier"

A sequence for “Born to Kill” was filmed beneath Penarth Pier”

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.”

The Vale of Glamorgan Council relished demolishing the multi-storey car park built by Penarth Council . If they left it alone there would have been no parking problem

The Vale of Glamorgan Council relished demolishing the multi-storey car park built by Penarth Council . If they’d left it alone there would have been no parking problem

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  .

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12 Responses to CARTE-BLANCHE PARKING FOR FILM-CREWS IN PENARTH IS QUERIED

  1. Chris David says:

    The VoG say “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.” Then they go on to mention the benefits. Well I totally agree. Some jobs-worth stirring I suspect. Probably parked oh his / her street parking lot. Good.

  2. RetailGuru says:

    We should celebrate filming in Penarth – it puts us on the map and I have no doubt that it generates income for the town. Income from the crews, income from visitors who want to see where their favourite shows were filmed. It also gives us a feel good factor.

  3. I’m confused. I don’t understand why the yellows lines are there in the first place if parking on them does not “cause undue disruption in the area”.

  4. Clive says:

    There is a health and safety issue in that it is unclear who bears the responsibility.
    I also question (as an interested rate payer) the necessity of large stretches of residential roads being coned off by BBC the night before they want to use a location in a residential road

  5. Chris David says:

    Oh no Clive- the dreaded ealth n safety + a coning off disorder. Its obvious why they cone off. Sometimes you just have to make minor sacrifices for the greater good. Ruddy hell they’d never get a drama made if we were all to pedantic. You can have my St any day BBC- up Penarth 🙂

  6. Uriah Heep says:

    Don’t you know the film crews are very important, busy, creative young people? We need to be tripping over ourselves to accommodate them.

  7. Peter Church says:

    Plymouth Road gets conned off by some production company the night before who tells you “we are the BBC you know” This is our parking spaces now. Next day traffic nightmare and generator noise.
    The only one who gain is the house owner whom I very much doubt tells the HMRC

    I would gladly accept films crews if the money came direct to Penarth town council and not straight to the Vale to be spent on Barry largess.

    • Jamie says:

      They really are dreadful, full of self importance in their puffa jackets, making a point of not catching anyone’s eye because they’re convinced everyone else is bored and boring and gagging to quiz them about their fantastically interesting lives. Make a point of hurrying past and then it might start to sink in that they, too, are boring, as well as the most crashing inconvenience.

  8. Frank Evans says:

    I too hate these jobs worth luvvy film crews who take over streets and forget people live there. I never forgave Dr Who filming that closed the Butetown tunnels for a night which I had to make a long detour.

  9. Chris David says:

    Aunty Beeb- may she pleasure Penarth for another millennia.

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