Half the houses on Windsor Road Cogan are now swathed in scaffolding as the massive Vale Council refurbishment programme gets under way. Householders won’t have to pay anything towards the cost

Vale of Glamorgan Council contractors have now installed scaffolding on the frontages or approximately half the terraced houses along Windsor Road, Cogan – the “Gateway to Penarth” .

It’s the first stage in a council-funded programme to re-vitalise the appearance of the properties and the overall impression given when entering Penarth from Cogan Hill.

The “Cogan Dip” is still officially an Air Quality Management Area – but the Welsh Labour Government may now review this status following the most recent checks on air quality

The area – which includes the notorious “Cogan Dip” is notorious for being an “Air Quality Management Area” (AQMA) because of the high concentrations of traffic fumes – notably nitrogen dioxide – detected along Windsor Road.

Not only are these emissions present in the air but there is also a persistent fall-out of diesel particulates which tends to cling to the outside walls of the homes in Windsor Road. The former Labour administration in the Vale of Glamorgan Council had declared that there was “no need” for the council to do anything about air pollution in Cogan.

In 2017 the Conservative-led Vale Council looked again at the problem and said council research showed air pollution in AQMA area in 2016 was “compliant” with  the Air Quality Standards “objective levels” – [PDN Note: That doesn’t mean there isn’t now any air pollution problem in Cogan – it just means it’s not as bad as it was when the AQMA area was set up there 6 years ago] .

The internal council report told councillors that “Where compliance within an AQMA occurs over a period of 3 years or more than the local authority should consider revoking the need for the continued presence of the AQMA.”.

The final decision to revoke the Windsor Road Air Quality Management Area is to be taken by the Welsh Labour Government following a review and consultation with the local communities affected. …So far, the AQMA remains in place.


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  1. Philip Rapier says:

    The Vale Council tactic is simple. Stop taking the pollution readings so they can be falsified so as to allow the building of 5000 new houses at Cosmeston.
    They are manipulating the AQMA readings by siting the Testers where they will read the lowest.
    This is same Council who are so cowardly they refuse to take kerbside readings outside Dinas Powys Infants School. ( currently taken 7 metres from the kerb)
    It is estimated that local drivers on average spend at least 48 hours a year of their lives in the Cogan Traffic.
    Their own report makes it clear the appalling Pollution levels are the same outside this block of houses in Windsor Road as they are at the Roundabout for Tesco and the Marina Rat Run.. To cease monitoring of such a site would be cynical and contemptible but then this is the Vale of Glamorgan Council.

  2. Andrew Worsley says:

    Well when the incinerator at Barry gets into full swing (if it has,nt already?)the air quality readings wont matter as any reduction in air quality will be out of the hands of any regulators in Penarth or Dinas Powys .

  3. snoggerdog says:

    yet london has the cleanest air for ten years according to mayor khan, something to do with “lower emission bus zones & t-charges?”

  4. snoggerdog says:

    17 01 18,i think P.D.N. has caught flu,or gone on hols.

  5. Ralph says:

    I’m confused as to why this is a council funded initiative.
    I understand that the properties in Paget Road were also given facelifts at the council’s (ratepayers) expense.
    So it appears that dependant where you live in Penarth determines whether you pay for the upkeep of your own house.

    • Steven says:

      I may be wrong so don’t shout at me! It this not grant funded, not council money? Large areas of Barry we’re also face lifted.

      On a different note how all is well at PDN.

  6. Anon says:

    What’s happened to all the news?

  7. Liz says:

    I’m lost! the Penarth Online News has disappeared. I hope you are ok!

  8. Taffy says:

    Is PDN still on air?

  9. Dylan Herbert says:

    Please come back I miss PDN!! I hope all is ok.

  10. Michael Caine says:

    Oi, PDN! I told you not to blow the bl**dy internet up!

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  12. Scuba Joe says:

    Missing the local news also, hope the author is doing OK. Get well soon

  13. Matt says:

    I hope the fact that comments are still appearing here means that PDN will rise again.

    Wishing you a full and speedy recovery.

  14. Craig howell says:

    Am missing pdn big time hope editor is ok, let’s see how many people can leave a come back soon message. 😂

  15. Best Wishes says:

    Hope you’re on the mend.
    PDN’s reporting is sorely missed in this household that’s for sure.
    (The Vale must have got wind you’re on a break – they’ve had the chainsaw out on the Rec on Paget Road, razing what appear to be perfectly healthy trees.)
    Wishing you a warm and swift recovery – and no whizzing about for scoops until you are back to your best 🙂

  16. No-brainer says:

    Come back soon missing all the Penarth news
    We have no idea what is really happening without the PDN

  17. Lacemaker says:

    Seedy recovery and bring us the news again.

  18. Lacemaker says:

    SPEEDY sorry for typo.

  19. MrTea says:

    Hello, Mr PDN, I hope you’re feeling better. Very little idea what the council etc are up to without you. Your public service is missed! take care and hope to hear from you again soon.

  20. Sue@56 says:

    I agree. Am on holiday in Madeira and always have kept in touch when away with what going on at home via Penarth Daily News. Get well soon.

  21. Ben Dover says:

    Enjoying the break, get well soon Penarth Monthly News editor.

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