With just one week of campaigning to go before the May 4th council elections, candidates have been taking to the streets – and even Penarth Council’s front lawn – to get their message across.
Plaid Cymru candidates Anne Greagsby and Aled Thomas have dared take their metaphorical tanks onto the lawn of Penarth Town Council’s HQ at West House in Stanwell Road – where the current Labour administration will remain in power until the day after polling day.
The two Plaid candidates wanted to draw attention to Penarth Council’s somewhat rocky track record on tree-preservation in the town – and specifically the council’s declared intention to fell the picturesque – and annoyingly healthy – Robinia tree which graces the front portal of West House.
To that end they had the effrontery to setup their camera on the current Labour administration’s home turf and shoot a campaign video pleading for the tree to be spared the socialist axe. [The roots of the Robinia are reported to be playing havoc with the drains of the West Wing of Penarth’s very own ‘White House’]
The video – which has a truly terrible sound track – can be seen on https://vimeo.com/214693068
Meanwhile the Penarth First Independent candidates have been homing in on the graffiti-embellished back-lanes in Stanwell Ward – between Earl Road and the Victoria Garage – where fly-tipping is continuing to be a problem .
Cllr Clive Williams – (standing in Plymouth Ward) and his colleague Tony Harris, (who is standing in Stanwell Ward) say that some of the accumulated rubbish in the lane has been left there for more that 2 years – and that local Labour councillor Mark Wilson has done nothing about it. [Cllr Wilson however, has hit back, saying this fly-tipping has already been reported by him to the Vale of Glamorgan Council.]
Mr Harris has pledged that if he is elected for Stanwell Ward – all the fly tipping in the back lanes of Earl Road will be removed within 4 weeks.
Meanwhile – even though politicians on Penarth’s doorsteps are about as welcome these days as Jehovah’s Witnesses – Labour candidates are continuing to take selfies of each other as they methodically knock on every front door in the town.
The polls open at 07:00 on Thursday May 4th and close at 22.00 hours.