Shopper and visitors Windsor Road, Penarth will no longer be able to consult the reproduction “Victorian” town clock on the roundabout to check the time.
One of the four faces of the clock – the one which faces Windsor Road – has for months been persistently telling the wrong time and evidently it’s not proved possible to replace the mechanism to keep it in synchronisation with the other three faces.
The Town Council has now blanked off the face with circular signage which says “Welcome to – Croeso i Penarth” committing a Welsh language faux pas in the process. Strictly speaking, the Welsh greeting should read “Croeso i Benarth” – as there should be a soft mutation on the “P” of Penarth.
The clock was originally presented to Penarth by the local Rotary Club in 1987 – but from time to time, some (and occasionally all) of the clock’s hands have failed to keep up with the times.
The clock, which is driven by mains electricity, is also often affected by the weather .
In 2009 Penarth Town Clock it was taken down for a comprehensive overhaul – but still developed faults when it was returned to service.
According to the Penarth Town Council’s accounts , in the year ending March 31st 2017 the Labour-run council spent over ten thousand pounds (£10,912.00p to be exact ) on the town centre clock.