A total of 72 Victorian-era houses in Windsor Road, Cogan are now emerging from a forest of scaffolding after getting a free “facelift” – courtesy of the Conservative-run Vale of Glamorgan Council.
For several weeks contractors have been working on almost all the houses between Baron’s Court Junction and the Brains railway bridge – carrying out a complimentary programme of renovation with the help of “facelift grants” .
The idea was to improve the look of the main approach into the town – the so-called “Gateway to Penarth”…and it has to be said that the programme – which still has a few more houses to renovate – certainly looks like doing just that.
The work has included new fascias and soffit boards, new rainwater pipes and gutters, new timber doors and windows
That bane of most owners of Victorian homes – the leaky roof above the front bay windows – has also been sorted out with new bay-window roofing installed throughout the terrace.
The original local lias limestone of which most of the houses are built, has been gritblasted to get the stonework looking as it must have done when the whole terrace was brand new. Specialists have also raked-out and repointed the joints of the stonework and brickwork.
Residents have been offered a finish of paint or render on the stone window and door surrounds – and although every home is different, the paint scheme gives the entire terrace a highly attractive appearance – and, what’s more, it hasn’t cost householders a bean.
The overall scheme has set out to “improve the image of the terrace by restoring a degree of uniformity and consistency to the street scene” – whilst also giving homeowners an opportunity to impart their own ideas and colours.
The Vale Council says this part of Windsor Road is an important section of the “public realm” of the area and therefore “constitutes an important factor in the economic, leisure and tourism prospects of the town“.
The work has been carried out by Pinit Building and Civil Engineering and is due to be completed next month.