Penarth’s Victoria Square – the celebrated wooded area in which All Saints Church and its famous John Coates Carter-designed Church Hall stands – is now being used as dumping ground for discarded beds.
The site is in the heart of the Penarth Conservation Area and is one of the key architectural gems of the town.
Now – it seems – this special place is being used as a dumping ground for household refuse and old bedding.
A broken bed and a stained old mattress have been left propped up against the wall of All Saints Main Hall in full view of passers-by and the hundreds of people who attend services and events in the main church building.
The previous Labour administration in the Vale of Glamorgan Council introduced a £15 charge for the collection and removal of bulky household items and old furniture despite the protests of Conservative councillors. Former Plymouth Ward councillor Clive Williams predicted – rightly as it turned out – that the move would lead to more fly-tipping in the town.
The congregation might well hope whoever’s responsible for this outrageous example of irresponsible fly-tipping will heed the biblical text from the book of John 5:8 – “Pick up your bed and walk”.