Cllr Anthony Ernest (Conservative Plymouth Ward ) has condemned the Labour-run Vale of Glamorgan Council for what he calls “the continuing assault on motorists in Penarth Town Centre” .
Cllr Ernest – who is standing as an Independent for Vale of Glamorgan Council in May – says that “the Vale Council is seemingly blind to the untold damage it is causing both residents and visitors”.
He accuses the Vale Council of seeming to have “completely ignored the furore caused by poor roadside markings, incomprehensible signage, and illogical layouts of restricted and limited parking zones, followed by the issue of scores of parking fines, the failure to take any action to improve the situation is bitterly resented by motorists who have been penalised for incorrect parking.”
Said Cllr. Ernest “this issue has now been ongoing for well over two years, many people have received substantial fines, and virtually nobody has been let-off for inadvertently parking in areas that are, to put it mildly, less than obvious to a casual visitor to our shops.”
He says that “At a time when Business Rates are rising for many shopkeepers, and families are feeling the pinch financially, Penarth needs to extend a warm welcome to all who wish to enjoy the wide range of shops in the town centre, rather than sending them packing with a £60 fine and a determination not to visit Penarth again for some time.”
Cllr Ernest says “Unfortunately the Vale seems oblivious to this threat to its overall Town Centre strategy, and has failed miserably to do anything to correct the position, despite constant calls to improve highway markings and simplify the No Waiting and Limited Waiting zones, which are causing the problems in Penarth.”.
He says “Clearly this is something that will be a priority when the new Vale Council is elected in May, and I look forward to moving this matter forward so as to ensure that Penarthians and visitors can park with impunity – and enjoy shopping in our delightful range of shops”