Dozens of houses on Windsor Road between the Brains Railway Bridge and the junction with Andrew Road may all be revamped under a Vale of Glamorgan Council scheme similar to the housing regeneration scheme already undertaken in the St Augustine’s Ward of Penarth.
The northern end of Windsor Road is so heavily polluted by fumes from passing traffic it -has been designated as an Air Quality Management Area and local residents find that fall-out, dust and exhaust particles from passing traffic discolours painted walls and windows.
The Vale of Glamorgan Council’s cabinet is next week to consider targeting this section of Windsor Road for investment. Some of the funding would come from Section 106 moneys to be paid by developers Crest Nicholson in respect of planning permission for Penarth Heights.
What’s called the “Windsor Road Housing Regeneration Scheme” takes account of the fact that the route is the main gateway into Penarth ,. In 2013 the independent Penarth Tourist and Visitor Association in collaboration with Soltys Brewster Consulting produced a study called “Gateway to Penarth- Windsor Road” – highlighting the urgent need to enhance this area of the town.
The Labour administration in the Vale of Glamorgan COuncil did nothing about the problem but now the new Conservative administration – which took office in May – is pressing ahead with the plan – and is likely to give it the go ahead on Monday next week.
A council report says the street is “comprised largely of pre 1919 houses, the external fabric of which have deteriorated over time as a result of their age and location. The front elevation of the properties show years of soot deposits accumulated from traffic traveling in and out of Penarth and a cumulative lack of maintenance”.
The plan is to repair and clean the frontage of all the houses “to ensure the gateway to Penarth provides the best possible impression which will contribute towards the regeneration objectives for Penarth in terms of tourism, town centre and business development.”
The properties included are Numbers 100 to 160, 164 to 172, No 155 and from No 157 to 163 Windsor Road, Penarth as shown on the map . In addition, improvements would be made to each property subject to individual surveys.
The council says “the assistance detailed in this Policy is subject to applicant and property eligibility, and conditions of ownership” … Each applicant will be informed of the terms and conditions of the financial assistance upon application to participate in the scheme . Gable ends and boundary walls will be included in the sprucing up exercise
Applicants must own the property set for the clean up and will be required to prove that so that the council can go ahead with the works. Landlords must be registered or licensed with Rent Smart Wales.
- The work involves
- Renewal of rainwater gutters and downpipes
- Renewal of fascia, soffit and barge boards
- Stone / brick cleaning and re-pointing and painting, or over-rendering where appropriate.
- Replacement of timber doors and windows
- Renewal of front boundary walls
- Renewal of bay roof coverings
The Council’s Grants Agency Service is to provide a full service in preparing plans, obtaining tenders, preparing and submitting the formal application forms, supervising works on site and certifying the works on completion. The Council will charge a fee for this service which will be met from the grant.
One stipulation is that owners or tenants can’t then change the outside of their homes for at least 5 years after the revamp .