With only four days to go before new Vale of Glamorgan and Penarth Town councils are elected, campaigning in Penarth is continuing apace with some candidates now homing-in on specific ward issues.
PLAID CYMRU: PENARTH LEISURE CENTRE
The condition of the Penarth Leisure Centre – for which the Vale Council is responsible has come in for criticism from Plaid Cymru.
Cornerwell Ward candidates David Rhys Wilton and Lewis Greenaway have drawn attention to graffiti-daubed walls and to the epidemic of antisocial behaviour in the area in a campaign video. The video can be seen on YouTube by clicking on http://tinyurl.com/mejwhym
The Leisure Centre is owned by the Vale of Glamorgan Council but is operated under contract by Legacy Leisure – a subsidiary of Parkwood Leisure.
The Labour-run Vale Council is to spend £1,022,000 installing politically-correct “mixed gender” or “all gender” wet and dry changing rooms at the Leisure Centre – replacing the deteriorating gender-specific changing facilities which had been there since the Centre first opened. A PDN poster has informed us that this work has still not begun .
The council had also promised to improve the vandalised skateboard facilities outside the centre.
INDEPENDENT : PENARTH PAVEMENTS
Meanwhile the state of Penarth’s pavements has come under scrutiny by former Penarth Mayor Cllr Anthony Ernest who is standing in this election as an Independent candidate in Plymouth Ward for both the Vale of Glamorgan and Penarth Town Council.
Cllr Ernest says over the last few weeks he has “walked Plymouth Ward from end to end meeting hundreds of residents on the way, I have been appalled at the state of many of the pavements, which in some cases have risen as a direct result of tree root action by as much as 2 feet above a level surface”.
He’s also noted similar problems in Archer Road, Plymouth Road and Park Road. Cllr. Ernest says that one of his top priorities if re-elected, would be to rectify the state of the pavements in Plymouth Ward.
LIB DEMS: PENARTH ROADS
The Welsh Liberal Democrats are also homing in on the state of the roads and pavements in Penarth.
Their campaign newsletter – issued today – says the Labour-run Vale of Glamorgan Council has spent £200,000 in compensation in respect of claims made against the council for poor road and pavement maintenance – but isn’t specific about exactly where, and over what period the payments have been made .
CONSERVATIVES: ‘LABOUR’S COUNCILS, COUNCILLORS AND ITS LOCAL MP ARE BEING CRITICISED ON PENARTH’S DOORSTEPS ‘
The Conservative Party says its local election candidates in Penarth are “out knocking doors in their respective wards and talking to voters about their concerns” and reports that “response that our canvassers on the doorsteps is good ; many are impressed with our candidates, and many more say they will be using their vote to get Labour out.”
As was perhaps inevitable the local election campaign is already becoming conflated with the campaign for the General Election [ due on June 8th].
A party spokesman says “Local people are not only unimpressed with the Labour town and county council, but with their local MP too. Stephen Doughty’s poor constituency performance is raised on the doorsteps unprompted.”