The Vale of Glamorgan Council – which is responsible for roads in Penarth – has asked Penarth Town Council to nominate 3 roads in the town which should be a priority for resurfacing in the current financial year.
The Vale Council has just £2,436,000 available for resurfacing work across the county in the 2018/19 financial year. It has already undertaken a review of routes considered to be in need of resurfacing – but is now in the process of checking with the 25 town and community councils to check the selected roads are the ones which local councils also think require attention.
At Penarth Council’s Policy Committee Cllr Mark Wilson – suggesting Plymouth, Stanwell and Cornerswell Road – said “To be honest almost every road in Penarth needs resurfacing up to a point” . He noted that the three roads he had nominated were well-used strategic routes in the town.
The Town Clerk Emma Boylen said she had been consulted by a couple concerning the case of a lady who has “quite a degenerative spinal condition” who had been “laid up for days” after travelling-in to Penarth, because of the condition of local roads.
Cllr Yvonne Murphy (Labour St Augustines) wanted to know about the definition of the “routes” – one of which was described as a bus route and asked whether the council could be “quite ambitious” in what it named as “key routes” [ i.e. including more than more than one particular road] rather than just limiting the proposed re-surfacing to specific roads in the town.
Cllr Martin Turner (Conservative Plymouth Ward) said that Plymouth Road (which is in his ward) was one of the worst roads in Penarth. The route, he said, extended to “almost the Barry end to come in to Penarth”. He added that “Lavernock Road is pretty well-used and is in a pretty bad state of repair”. He said he would like those two put on the list together with Stanwell Road and Cornerswell Road.
Cllr Mike Cuddy (Labour St Augustines) asked for a “top three” to be nominated. He later noted that there were other sections of roads including St Augustines Crescent were in “a terrible state.”
[ PDN Note: It was a Labour administration which was in power in the Vale Council up to May 2017 and it was therefore primarily responsible for the current condition of roads in Penarth]
Cllr Jon Luxton (Labour Stanwell), who is a wheelchair user, said that often in resurfacing, tarmac was “put on top of tarmac” which made it difficult for disabled to use dropped kerbs . In Rectory Road he often had to use the opposite side of the road because the dropped kerbs no longer functioned and because of the “slap dash way in which maintenance had been carried out”.
Penarth Council had been asked to submit its route nominations to the Vale by the next day – but Cllr Yvonne Murphy noted that the Vale Council had a “three-year plan” and felt the council should have been given more notice in order to “give a more considered response”. She asked whether Penarth Council could challenge the time scale.
Eventually the policy committee settled for nominating Plymouth Road, Stanwell Road and Cornerswell Road for resurfacing and will also be sending to the Vale a letter with “further comments” .