The contentious scheme unexpectedly re-appeared yesterday in a “late amendment” to consultative map of proposed so-called “Active Travel Routes” for Penarth presented as a report to the first meeting of the new Conservative-controlled Vale of Glamorgan Council cabinet.
Cllr Geoffrey Cox told cabinet members yesterday that some pre-consultation on some elements of the Active Travel Scheme across the Vale of Glamorgan had “already taken place at certain locations” [ although not for the Headland Link].
The maps issued in the cabinet agenda were, he said, “indicative maps of possible routes” but confirmed that the Penarth Headland Link [ i.e. the Mark II Version of the Headland Link] was now being included in the overall Active Travel scheme which will now go to further public consultation .
Cllr Cox said it was necessary to begin the “formal consultation” no later than June 15th 2017 . Money to carry out the work – he said – would be coming from the Welsh Government’s “Welsh Transport Fund”.
The consultation has to be completed and the conclusions submitted to the Welsh Government by November 3rd 2017 – a timescale which the cabinet approved. Details of how the public of Penarth will be consulted on the Mark II Headland Link Scheme have yet to be announced.
The original (Mark 1) Penarth Headland Walkway scheme would have erected a aerial cycle path/ aerial pedestrial walkway supported above the high tide by angled concrete stilts driven into the bedrock along the foreshore from Penarth Pier to the C ardiff Bay Barrage around Penarth Head.
When construction estimates exceeded £22,000,000 the Mark 1 Penarth Headland Walkway scheme collapsed in acrimony – with not an ounce of concrete having been laid. However the failure of the ill-considered scheme resulted a massive bill which had to be met by Vale Council Tax payers. To make way for the scheme, the Penarth Esplanade Multi-Storey Car Park was demolished without a public consultation – and was never replaced.
The initiative for a “Mark II” version of the Penarth Headland Link was first floated out in a public meeting held in Penarth Pier Pavilion on November 24th 2015 – but little has been heard about the embryo project since that date. [See PDN http://tinyurl.com/opohqne ]
On May 9th 2016 however a new Penarth Headland Link “charity” (No 1167209) was registered with the Charity Commission – as was a ‘company limited by guarantee’ (No 09897285) at Companies House.
The “trustees” [ a.k.a. directors ] of the non-profit company/charity are :-
Brendan Sadka (chairman),
- Jeffrey John Andrews
- Roger Geraint Thomas
- Richard Michael Hodgson Read,
- John Peter William Morgan,
- Peter John Wellesley Bussell,
- Dr Gabe Treharne,
- South Wales Police and Crime Commissioner, Alun Michael
- Louis John Lovell,
- James Hunter Leighton
- Mrs Mari Arwel Jones.
The newly- elected Vale of Glamorgan Labour councillor for St Augustines, Ms Sivaruby Sivagnanam, had joined the board of the Penarth Headland Link project on October 7th 2016.
Following following her election as a Labour Vale Councillor on May 4th 2017 Ms Signanam resigned her position on May 7th 2017 .
The Penarth Headlink Link company was originally incorporated on December 1st 2015 prior to the appointment of any of its current directors.
The background story of the original – defunct – Mark 1 Penarth Headland Link proposal which collapsed in acrimony and cost millions in lost public funds is here :- http://tinyurl.com/p638hcz
An account of the public meeting at which the Mark II version of the Penarth Headland Link was launched is on http://tinyurl.com/opohqne
The background on the proposed Tidal Lagoon (which is unconnected with the Penarth Headland Link but may impact upon it) is on:- http://tinyurl.com/nwygqxk
The background on the disappearance of Penarth Esplanade’s original multi-storey car park is on:- http://tinyurl.com/nqykvfz