30-FOOT-TALL TREE IS DUMPED AT DINGLE ROAD STATION

The 30-foot long sawn-down plane tree that's been dumped at Dingle Station

The 30-foot long sawn-down plane tree that’s been dumped at Dingle Station

With Penarth Town Council still waiting for action from Network Rail and Arriva Trains Wales to clear the  second platform at Dingle Road station , a 30-foot-tall tree has now been dumped there.

The tree has joined the undergrowth, saplings, brambles and fly-tipped rubbish which has accumulated at the unmaintained station in full view of passengers on the opposite platform.

The second platform at Dingle Station is almost totally covered with undergrowth saplings and fly-tipping

The second platform at Dingle Station is almost totally covered with undergrowth saplings and fly-tipping

The environmental group the Friends of Dingle Park led by Robert Donaldson have been exchanging emails for months with Network Rail and Arriva Trains pressing for a clean-up of the station – but so far with little effect.

Twice Network Rail has dispatched someone to take a look at the accumulated debris . Twice they’ve promised to assign  maintenance teams to clear it – and twice those maintenance teams have failed to materialise.

A sawn down 30 foot tall tree is the latest addition to the detritus on DIngle Station

A sawn-down 30 foot tall tree is the latest addition to the detritus on DIngle Station

The Friends of Dingle Park say the tree – which is all in one piece – appears to have come from a nearby garden and looks as though it’s just been heaved over the wall and onto the platform and left there.

Dingle Station is very much the neglected and poor-relation of Penarth Town station.

Visitors to Penarth who don't know where DIngle Station is would have a job to spot the entrance

Visitors to Penarth who don’t know where DIngle Station is would have a job to spot the entrance

There is no sign Windsor Road – directing visitors to the entrance of the narrow lane leading off Windsor Road which leads to the station and the bridge over the line.

Intimidating graffiti on the wall of a house opposite the station entrance

Intimidating graffiti on the wall of a house opposite the station entrance

At the other station entrance – on Dingle Road  – passengers face  intimidating graffiti painted on the walls of terraced houses on the opposite side of the road.

CCTV appears to have posed no deterrent to vandals

CCTV appears to have posed no deterrent to vandals

Graffiti has also appeared on the pedestrian bridge over the track  – even though the station is under constant surveillance from CCTV cameras mounted on tall steel poles.

The station is not manned but there is a push button emergency system on  the platform with which commuters can summon aid if required .

 

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4 Responses to 30-FOOT-TALL TREE IS DUMPED AT DINGLE ROAD STATION

  1. Chris David says:

    Return to sender !!

  2. Andy says:

    Someone needs to knock on a certain front door in Windsor Rd

  3. Ian Perry says:

    There are many things wrong with Dingle Road Station – the remains of a 9 metre tree not being near the top of my list.

    The lack of signage and a level crossing are high on my list, along with the need to remove the litter and graffiti are up at the top. The sign that was on Windsor Road was(is) too small, and had not been looked after when I last saw it.

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