With Spring – and pending elections – in the air Penarth Town Council has embarked on a plethora of planting and “brightening up” schemes to give its properties a lift as part of the “Penarth in Bloom” scheme.
Planting work has already been undertaken to create a new “herb garden” in the front grounds of the council’s HQ at West House and beds for “Penarth in Bloom” have been planted out.
With the Vale of Glamorgan Council currently carrying out at £200,000 pre-election upgrade of its children’s play-areas in the town, Penarth Town Council is to “quickly brighten up ” the Pembroke Terrace play area which it owns.
Meanwhile the long-neglected Arcot Street “Triangle” in the St Augustine’s Ward is now to be spruced-up and planted with flowers fior the first time in years – by the Town Council.
Only last month Cllr Neil Thomas (Labour Cornerswell) had told councillors that the Arcot St. Triangle was NOT the responsibility of Penarth Town Council – it was a matter for the Vale Council… but there now appears to have been a change of heart.
PDN sources say that Cllr Thomas may be standing for election to the Vale Council in St Augustine’s Ward in May’s council elections – but there’s no suggestion of any link between these developments.
Bulbs have also been planted at the entrance to The Kymin, the Kymin “viewing platform” area [not to be confused with the Vale Council’s rumbling edifice on Penarth Head] and saplings are being planted in the woodland area – which will go some way to replenish the mature trees which had to be felled last year.
As part of “Penarth in Bloom” Penarth Council is now inviting local residents to suggest other locations around the town which would benefit from having some floral displays.
Meanwhile the town’s most obvious eyesore – the Dingle Road Station – remains overgrown with fly-tipping and even a felled tree littering the unused North-side platform. Robert Donaldson of the Friends of Dingle Park has been campaigning for months to get Network Rail – or the council – or somebody – to carry out a long-overdue clean up.
Network Rail promised to do so and even set a date for the work last November – but didn’t turn up on the day they promised, and haven’t been seen since .
In desperation – having tried the Vale Council and Penarth Town Council – Mr Donaldson then wrote to the highest authority in Wales – none less than the Welsh Labour Government.
This week the Welsh Government replied to him telling him that – as “railway infrastructure” is a non-devolved matter, it’s all matter for the UK Government …and Network Rail.
Mr Donaldson, however, isn’t giving up and is to continue pressing the matter until he gets action .