Members of Penarth Council’s Leisure and Amenities Committee have been discussing what can be done to improve the state of Penarth’s two “Triangles” .
Triangle No. 1 is a steeply-sloping wooded area near St Augustine’s Church where two large trees were blown down recently.
Triangle No 2 is a garden/rockery area at the junction of Arcot Street and Queen’s Road.
Cllr Anthony Ernest – Conservative Plymouth Ward – said the Arcot Street Triangle seemed to have been “sort of abandoned” . He said “It’s probably 20 years or more since it was created” and wondered whether any improvement were in prospect. He said Albert Road Primary school had – some time ago – taken on the task of looking after it but he thought this arrangement had rather fallen by the wayside.
Cllr Ernest said it was always nice to have something which involved local schoolchilden and he wondered whether it was worth a letter to the school to initiate a further discussion to see whether they would like to get involved again.
[PDN Note: This discussion took place on before councillors were aware of the discovery of the body of Albert School’s headteacher Mr Huw Jones at Lavernock Church].
Cllr Thomas pointed out that the Arcot St Triangle near St Paul’s Church was not the responsibility of Penarth Town Council – it was a matter for the Vale Council.
On the St Augustine’s Triangle Cllr Gwyn Roberts said he thought the area was very steep. Deputy Town Clerk Keri Hutchings said Penarth Town Council undertook responsibility for the grass cutting on this area .
At this point the committee went into camera for confidential discussions and PDN is not allowed to report what was said at this point of the proceedings.
When the committee resumed normal business, Cllr Neil Thomas suggested that the Queen’s Road/ Arcot St / St Paul’s Triangle should go on the agenda for future meeting
On the St Augustine’s Triangle, Cllr Thomas said it was “fairly wild” but well maintained and had some benches and some trees which were monitored. It was regarded as just a green open space that looked quite nice – but he would like to see more flowers there .
Cllr Gwyn Roberts said the St Augustine’s Triangle was maintained by Penarth Town Council very well – but advised that there could be problems in involving schoolchildren at this location. He said there were some “very lazy dog owners” and it was the nearest place to enable their “dogs to make a mess – all the time”.
The Deputy Town Clerk Keri Hutchings said that the council was “looking at the parcels of land which we have got “. The council had improvement schemes under way for the grounds of its HQ at West House [where a “herb garden” is being created, and the hedge abutting Stanwell Road is being reduced in height ] – and for the Kymin and the Cemetery.
Mr Hutchings said the council could look at St Augustine’s Triangle and at “beautifying its appearance ” . However Cllr Gwyn Roberts said he didn’t see St Augustine’s Triangle as a priority “at the moment” and this was the general view of the committee.