Signs warning of “Dasnger -Deep Excavations” unexpectedly appeared on Plassey Square

Many residents in the Plassey Square area of Penarth who have been asking what exactly what’s happening on the “Rec”  –  [i.e.  the Recreation Ground]  are about to find out.

Contractors appeared a few days ago on the site , fencing off three plots of grassland on the recreation ground and then started digging.

The fencing is in place until the concrete bases have cured and them the new benches will be installed

Scary warning notices were put up telling the locals to keep clear of  what were described as “Deep Excavations”.

In fact the holes in the ground turned out be be nothing more scary than the foundations for three concrete slabs which – when the concrete is fully-cured – will be the bases for three brand-new park benches.

For the first time there will be publlc benches on Plassey Square

Residents – who might be worried that more samples of the dreaded and much-derided “Penarth Bench” designed under the auspicies of the Labour-controlled Penarth Town Council could be coming to  Plassey Square –  need worry no more.

The Plassey Square benches won’t be “Penarth Benches”  but WILL be  backless benches allowing people to sit facing in either direction to view Cardiff Bay or the grassy play area.

About 10 trees are to be planted around the perimeter – along with beds of wildflowers – as a  result of consultations with the local residents.

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  1. Frederick says:

    How they loves their concrete.

  2. AK says:

    Not taking any chances with those foundations shifting !

    Enough room for a small cafe, never mind a bench.

  3. Peter Church says:

    This Section 106 just burns a hole in your pocket, important to spend asap and make sure you don’t get good value for money!
    You can always use the same contractors that are connected to the Section 106 development in the first place that way the money just goes around in a circle and everyone’s happy.
    The Council
    The Developer
    The Concrete supplier

  4. Fishhenge says:

    Hopefully two benches per slab? One facing baywards and one facing er, parkwards.

  5. Matt says:

    There are actually 5 of theses concreted areas. Each area seems massive for just a bench. Glad they’ll be planting some trees though.

  6. David Wilton says:

    there are 3 half built on the zigzag path down to the marina. Based on their position they will be lucky to be able to see over the weeds

  7. Tim Hughes says:

    Concrete what a fantastic material. 25 kg of cement, 50kg of sand, 100 kg of course aggregate plus water to suit. Less than £20 total for 0.07m3 of mouldable magic.

  8. Frederick says:

    A major component of the marvellous concrete is cement, which boasts a number of environmental and social impacts and contributes largely to those of concrete.The cement industry is one of the primary producers of carbon dioxide, a major greenhouse gas. Concrete causes damage to the most fertile layer of the earth, the topsoil. Concrete is used to create hard surfaces which contribute to surface runoff that may cause soil erosion, water pollution and flooding.
    Making cement results in high levels of CO2 output.
    Cement production is the third ranking producer of anthropogenic (man-made) CO2 in the world after transport and energy generation.
    4 – 5% of the worldwide total of CO2 emissions is caused by cement production.
    CO2 is produced at two points during cement production :
    the first is as a byproduct of burning of fossil fuels, primarily coal, to generate the heat necessary to drive the cement-making process
    the second from the thermal decomposition of calcium carbonate in the process of producing cement clinker.
    CaCO3 (limestone) + heat -> CaO (lime) + CO2
    Production of one tonne of cement results in 780 kg of CO2
    Of the total CO2 output, 30% derives from the use of energy and 70% results from decarbonation.
    Goodnight Esme

    • Tim Hughes says:

      Concrete would never be cast on top of a fertile soil as it would be too weak a foundation, the topsoil is moved aside and reused elsewhere. Water pollution is only an issue during the construction period and much tighter rules now stop the washing out that used to frequently pollute water courses near construction sites. Certainly large impermeable areas of any material can in the wrong place contribute to flooding but no more than a tiled roof. The CO2 is a real issue and certainly cement production needs energy but lime production has been undertaken for centuries and used in the construction of all our houses and walls and spread on the lands by farmers to improve the soil. I was being slightly provocative in my initial comment but there aren’t many useful matetials that you can buy today at 11p/kg and if you look at our old concrete bridges many of them last 100+ years with little or no maintenance.

  9. Plassey Resident says:

    Have the council said where they are placing no these trees?! We live on Plassey Square and we have had no communication about this. Since the ‘consultantion’ period where the plan had not been finalised.

    • Matt says:

      No. I live on Plassey Square and, despite asking repeatedly for information about their plans, the Council have told me nothing.

    • Fishhenge says:

      Trees! Oh no, the roots undermine your foundations and put your insurance premiums up, they drop sap all over the paintwork of your car, they attract birds that drop other stuff on your car too, dogs urinate on them and they block your view. Chop them all down, we don’t need them.

  10. Sue@56 says:

    we need benches around the town centre so people can rest before they have to walk a long way back to their parked cars far away from the town centre with its severe parking restrictions and over-keen traffic wardens – not to mention not even a car park. Does anyone know of another town the size of Penarth without a town centre car park?Barry has at least 3. We also need a notice board with information of local events which would have been particularly useful for the Penarth holiday weekends missed by many of us due to lack of marketing.

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