A long traffic jam held up homeward bound commuters in Plymouth Road, Penarth last when a film crew – said to be from the BBC – obstructed the road at rush-hour.
An estimated 20 production vehicles and associated cars were parked on the flagstone pavements on both sides of Plymouth Road and traffic was brought to a complete halt whilst exterior shots were filmed in the doorway of one of the street’s many classic Victorian villas.
The delay lasted so long that, even in the pouring rain, motorists got out of their cars to try to find out what the cause of the hold up was.
The location shoot had been properly authorised and notified on the Vale of Glamorgan Council’s “road closures” website – but this is not a site that most people look at as a matter of daily routine.
Temporary traffic lights had been installed – but weren’t being used – according to one annoyed local resident because no instructions had been given to activate them .
Some drivers spent more than 15 minutes stuck in the jam until their vehicles could be released.
One Plymouth Road resident expressed concerns about the weight of heavy lorries being parked on the delicate flagstone pavements of Plymouth Road – a street which is in the Penarth Conservation Area.
The incident follows an official complaint made earlier this month to the police and the Vale of Glamorgan Council [which licenses film companies and broadcasters to use locations in Penarth] when an independent company working for Channel 4 parked several vehicles in the double-yellow lines on Penarth Esplanade and blocked one side of Bridgeman Road.