With May’s local council elections drawing ever nearer, the Labour-run Vale of Glamorgan Council now appears to be not only congratulating itself, but claiming credit for projects which it has either had little to do with – or which it has failed to deliver.
In an internal document called “Service Self Assessments” the council’s “Visible Services and Transport Department” pats itself on the back for what it describes as “Service Achievements (April 2015–December 2016)”.
Preening itself, the Vale Council department says “Through sound legal advice and support we have contributed to the good progress made on a range of key council projects “- and goes on to include in its list :-
- “St Pauls Penarth” [ sic ] : St Paul’s Church is the Vale of Glamorgan Council-owned former church in Arcot St which the council refused to allow the local boxing club to carry on using as its base, despite an overwhelming public vote in favour of the club in a council-organised referendum in St Augustine’s Ward. This was then followed by failed attempt to get the building marketed and leased out as a “mixed use community centre” to a politically-correct so-called “social enterprise”. The only vacuuous ‘social enterprise’ that then came forward, turned out not to have a viable business plan. Now the site is to developed for residential social housing.
- “The completion of Penarth Heights“. Penarth Heights is – entirely – a private-enterprise residential housing project carried out by developers Crest Nicholson and has no more to do with the Vale Council than has any other private-residential project. The Vale of Glamorgan Council’s “members and officers” did however play a full part in the disastrous choice of “public artwork” at Penarth Heights – in the form of the so-called “Twinkling Weather Station“.
PDN Note: The Twinkling Weather Station was so strongly opposed by local residents it was never installed. It was meant to be seen “twinkling” across Cardiff Bay towards Mermaid Quay and the Welsh Assembly as its multiple swinging polished stainless steel plates reflected the Sun as they caught the breeze . The design brief said it would occupy “a site that is visible from across Cardiff Bay“ and that it was to be “a statement piece that can be read from long distances” and become “a well regarded landmark for many years to come”.
However Penarth civic leaders were informed in an authoritative but confidential briefing last month that, as Cardiff Bay lies to the North of Penarth Heights, the Sun (somewhat inconveniently) would always have been behind the Twinkling Weather Station – to the South. The Twinkling Weather Station would therefore never have actually “twinkled” towards Cardiff – but only into the windows of nearby homes in Penarth Heights.
…Apparently nobody on the Labour-controlled Vale of Glamorgan Council had thought of that.