One of Penarth’s most endearingly-casual bus stops – a scaffolding pole thrust into a rusty oil-drum – may not now make it into the Vale of Glamorgan Council’s architectural heritage list of “County Treasures” .
The wonky, “distressed-look“, oil-drum bus-stop – which serves the upmarket area of Penarth Heights and High St Penarth – and is within the architecturally-sensitive Penarth Conservation Area – is not to be conserved.
It’s now emerged the rusty drum is to be replaced by a brand new, “proper” bus pull-in with all the required health and safety trimmings .
However the plans for the new bus stop mean an awkward decision has to be made by local residents.
The Labour controlled Vale of Glamorgan Council – having learned somewhat late in the day that it needs to consult Council-Tax Payers about such things – has dispatched letters to everyone living in the vicinity to ask them what they think about the exciting new plans.
The council says the new “permanent” bus stop will comprise :-
- Bus Stop Protection road markings,
- ‘No Waiting at Any Time’ parking restrictions,
- Raised kerbs
- A bus-stop “flagpole” complete with “flag and timetable case”.
Local residents are being asked to tell the council what they think about the plans by April 13th. Anyone who doesn’t respond will be deemed to be in favour of the upgrade plans.
However not everyone is that keen on the plans for the new bus stop – not least because of the total amount of roadside space it’s going to take up .
Local residents who normally park their cars in the area have now calculated that the total amount of roadside real-estate required by the new bus stop – and associated yellow lines as indicated by the council’s map – could be as much as 50 metres (enough kerb space to park 13 Minis) .
If the new bus stop arrives, all the cars that are currently parked there – including Cab 64 taxis – will have to go somewhere else. Some local residents are already pointing out that the new bus stop will mean that they will no longer be able to park anywhere near their own homes.
In the past however the Vale of Glamorgan Council has quashed such protests – saying it’s under no obligation to provide motorists with free car parking on public roads.
One resident says however that the subtext of that council policy is – in effect – that anyone who doesn’t have a garage, or a private driveway, should not be allowed to own a car – and that’s not a very egalitarian policy.
Meanwhile the council is at pains to point out that it’s actually subsidising the buses that now stop at Penarth Heights with a view to encouraging the use of public transport in preference to private cars.
Currently the bus services that use the stop don’t run in the evenings or on Sundays but the parking restrictions would still apply. There’s no intention of installing a similar stop on the other side of the road.