With a steady stream of election campaign leaflets coming through the letter boxes of most houses in Penarth, the Green Party is the latest to have distributed a full-colour glossy newsletter for the “St Augustine’s Ward”.
It may however come as a surprise that the Greens are asserting that in leafy Lower Penarth – where house prices are anything between half a million to a million or more – that there is a problem with “Air Pollution”.
The Green’s election leaflet says “AIR POLLUTION is another issue of growing local concern with many residents aware of the increasing problem in parts of the town – particularly Lower Penarth where we all pass through” .
It could be that the Greens have been holding their map of Penarth upside-down and taking the wrong turning.
The area with the worst air pollution in Penarth is – in fact – not “Lower Penarth” – but Windsor Road, Cogan which is constantly monitored and is officially designated as an Air Quality Management Area.
“Lower Penarth”– one the other hand – is actually in the South of the town around the Glamorganshire Golf Course, Penarth Cemetery and the appropriately named ‘Lower Penarth Community Centre’ at Brockhill Rise. The post code is CF64 3NZ.
Quite why Lower Penarth is called “Lower Penarth” is lost in the mists of history – but Lower Penarth Farm once produced much of the milk consumed in Penarth . Lower Penarth Railway Station was built in 1895 and later renamed Lower Penarth Halt. It was closed in 1954.