HALF-TERM HOLIDAY FAMILIES FIND PENARTH’S CHILDREN’S PLAYGROUNDS HAVE DISAPPEARED

What the former Cliff Walk children's playground looks like now. The play equipment has all been removed and scrapped, the grass surface removed and the slabs of concrete surface are being taken away

What the former Cliff Walk children’s playground looks like now. The play equipment has all been removed and scrapped, the grass surface removed and the slabs of concrete surface are being taken away except for a “tombstone” now installed in the middle.

What the Cliff Walk playground used to lopok like . Families turned back in disapppointment this week when they found there was no play facility available anywhere in Penarth for their children during the half-term holidays

What the Cliff Walk playground used to look like . Families who turned up there yesterday had no option but to turn back in disappointment  when they found there was no longer any play facility available here  for their children during the half-term holidays

It’s emerged that several families – with children enjoying the last sunny day of the half-term holidays – had to turn back from Penarth’s Cliff Walk children’s playground yesterday when they found that all the equipment in children’s playground had been removed.

One family – with three young children in a people-carrier – were  astonished when  they arrived to find that every item of playground equipment had been dismantled and that even the grass surface had been removed – leaving the former play area as just bare earth

All the equipment , slides, and climbing frames in the Cliff Walk playground has been now taken away and scrapped – even though local residents say it had years of life left in it .

Yesterday was the last day of the half-term holidays for local children - but the playing area was out of bounds

Yesterday was the last day of the half-term holidays for local children – but the children’s  play area was out of bounds

Another parent asked – if contractors absolutely had to work on the playground why had they not waited until after the half term holidays to do the work, rather than deprive children of somewhere to play during the holidays?

The play area at Cliff Walk is to being renovated and all-new equipment is being installed here at and at other play areas in Penarth by the Vale of Glamorgan Council – the members of which are all facing re-election in May.

Vale Plymouth Ward Conservative candidates Ben Gray and Kathryn McCaffer

Vale Plymouth Ward Conservative candidates Ben Gray and Kathryn McCaffer

Conservative Vale of Glamorgan candidates Ben Gray and Kathryn McCaffer were campaigning for the Vale Council to get on with updating local playgrounds - but after 5 years delay weren't expecting work to start during the half-term holidays

Conservative candidates Ben Gray and Kathryn McCaffer were campaigning for the Vale Council to get on with updating local playgrounds – but after 5 years delay weren’t expecting work to start during the half-term holidays

By  coincidence however the two Conservative candidates for Penarth’s Plymouth Ward, Ben Gray and Kathryn McCaffer,  had both posed for election publicity photographs at the Old Pens children ‘s playground just days before the play equipment was due to be  uprooted and hauled away as scrap.

Ben  Gray and Kathryn McCaffer (who is the daughter of Cllr Martin Turner and Cornerswell Conservative candidate Mrs Dorothy Turner) both say in their election literature “Labour councillors have been promising the community better play parks for the past five years. Ben and Kathryn think it’s time to get on with the job ”  

It appears however that the Labour Party, by pressing ahead with the work at now – at Half Term –  has succeeded in stealing a march on the Conservative party and making their election literature out of date  – even though the move has left Penarth’s 2-12 year-olds with nowhere to play.

The Vale Council's last minute re-furbishment of local playgrounds has been branded as a "cynical attempt to gain credit" ahead of the May elections

The Vale Council’s last-minute refurbishment of local playgrounds has been branded as a “cynical attempt to gain credit” ahead of the May elections

Some local residents claim the Vale’s playground renewal schemes (which had to be amended at the last-minute as insufficient provision had been made for disabled children)  are being carried out now in the hope that the scheme will earn brownie points for the council’s  controlling Labour Party by the time the polling day comes around on May 4th.

 

 

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22 Responses to HALF-TERM HOLIDAY FAMILIES FIND PENARTH’S CHILDREN’S PLAYGROUNDS HAVE DISAPPEARED

  1. rodtharrod says:

    Surely all the money for the upgrading of the Children’s Playgroup is part of Section 106 money paid to the Council by Crest Nicholson as part of their development fees? Therefore no credit should go to the Council or individual Councillors. They have to spend the money on what is called ‘Street Furniture.’

  2. AK says:

    Only the Vale could oversee such incompetence in a project

  3. Lm says:

    You couldn’t make it up could you?
    Removing the playground in half term
    The council’s are both incompetent

  4. sjleworthy says:

    They’ll be sanctioning more works down the beach during this summer’s holiday festival next! How many years in a row is that now?

  5. When are people going to realise concerning the VGC the wrong time to do things, is the right time to do things in their books. Pruning trees in mid Summer making them look odd and unattractive. Leaving the clock roundabout just bare earth all year when at other times it has had flowers to make the town look attractive. And lets not forget these philistines even pulled up flowers that local people had planted on the bare earth. Then we had the absolute farce of the Christmas lights failing only hours after they had been turned on and this has now become a regular feature of , why they cannot keep Penarths festive lights on when other towns and villages in the region manage it easily? We find that the CCTV cameras in the town have not been working for years and this was confirmed by the Police themselves , we also learned the monitoring of these cameras (even though not working) has been moved to Bridgend , i’m sure the Bridgend Police have as much interest in Penarth and its cameras working as they have in the tooth fairy !!. Why not move the monitors to Blackpool or even further afield? Moving on , the viewing platform that no one wanted or asked for local opinions or concerns completely ignored or brushed aside , now we have a monstrosity slowly falling apart , it cost about £200, 000 to build ,forget the manipulated ( Andy Pandy figures) the Council put out , and people now put their safety at risk to use this display of wanton arrogance, and an appalling waste of public money foisted on us. How many potholes would that have filled in ? how many paving stones on the back streets would that have repaired ?.
    The performance , arrogance and total disdain for the people they serve shown by this Council is a wonder to behold, God alone knows what qualifications they have to hold their posts.? But I do not have to defend any of the above , actions speak louder than words and everyone can or has witnessed the abysmal results of a deaf and indifferent Council.

  6. Ron foxton says:

    Ludicrous half wits. Astounding.

  7. David Moorcraft says:

    The continued incompetencies on the part of the Vale AND the Penarth Councils wouldn’t be highlighted without the existence of the PDN.
    I’m sorry but the Penarth Times doesn’t campaign like it used to.
    So keep it up please PDN.
    I’ve voted Labour all my long life, but I hope Penarth Electors make some changes in May !

  8. Ann Schulp says:

    Totally unnecessary work undertaken at the silliest of times.

    • 249ers says:

      Why was it unnecessary? The play equipment was showing it’s age and if left much longer would have been unsafe. The planned designs for this area looks really fun and inclusive. This area is usually buzzing with children at all times of the day and everyday so it would be difficult to choose a perfect time for the job.
      It should be up and running before the better weather kicks in and I for one will look forward to visiting with my grandchildren.

  9. Paul says:

    “the members of which are all facing re-election in May.”
    This is just childish.
    See how they like it, when their toys are taken away (all the perks, generous renumeration and privileges) come the election……..

  10. Grey local says:

    Vale council / Penarth council both incompetent
    Never mind elections soon!

  11. Margaret says:

    When would people suggest the work is done? It will have to include one school holiday because it will take weeks to complete so February half term is probably the best option. Why do Penarthians moan all the time!

    • George says:

      It’s a silly waste of money – there was no need for it, guaranteed it won’t be used. Simply a vote-winning ploy to appeal to the lowest common denominator. And they make the most awful meal of things too.

    • AnnaliseB says:

      I’m assuming you didn’t read the above responses …. They NEVER choose a suitable time. It’s not necessarily moaning it’s just observations of their incompetence.

    • Karen says:

      If it takes more than 6 weeks to complete the clifftops project then they have employed the wrong contractor!

  12. whatsoccurin says:

    Great posts here and what sums it up for me is the traffic free for all in the Town Centre and the Clock on the Roundabout has not worked for days-sums up that despite all the activity-no-one really cares about the Town-certainly not the Council.

  13. Grechla says:

    The Council are damned if they do and damned if they don’t. We’ve seen rafts of complaints that the parks in Penarth are in desperate need of renovation and now there’s hosts of complaints that work is underway. Penarth has other parks for kids to play in, a beach to play on and a pier to enjoy. In the grand scheme of things is it really so terrible that one park was out of commission over a wet, miserable half-term week?

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