The striking new look of the now-beautiful Windsor Road, Cogan – as most Penarthians have never seen it before .

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” .

One of the many desirable residences in Windsor Road, Cogan with stunning “kerb-appeal”

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 homes covered by the scheme ran from No 100 Windsor Road to No 172.

The work has included  new fascias and soffit boards, new rainwater pipes and gutters, new timber doors and windows

The once grimy Victorian stonework has now been grit blasted to reveal its original appearance – and the roofs over those bay windows don’t leak anymore

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.

Some Cogan homeowners have decided to capitalise on their good fortune and sell their homes even before the scaffolding comes down

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.

Windsor Road Cogan is now a sharp, clean-looking street of homes with obvious “kerb-appeal”

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.

This original Victorian Street sign is next in line for a refurb.

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 Windsor Road facelift scheme has been praised by many local homeowners who are delighted with the fresh appearance of their traditional properties.

The work has been carried out by Pinit Building and Civil Engineering and is due to be completed next month.

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  1. Steven says:

    Work hasn’t even started on house numbers 164 – 172 Windsor Road! So compleation won’t be soon by any means.

  2. Concerned Citizen says:

    Pity they cannot get Network Rail .. or whoever it is … to do something about the Brains Bridge. That rusty, scruffy old thing does nothing for the ‘Gateway to Penarth’

  3. cogan nomen says:

    I wonder how the residents’ lungs are .

  4. Mr. Loving Diff says:

    Anyone know if they are going to give them new front garden walls,, like they have done In other remedial situations?

    • Steven says:

      The new front garden walls were a compulsory move by the Vale as flood defence systems. All residents were complied to accept them!

  5. Fiona Whitfield says:

    My mother will be turning in her grave as we lived in one of these and were faithfully promised a grant to do it up , they went back on it . (council) so she had to do it bit by bit as best she could . even plastering and cementing herself . 35 years ago.=

  6. Taxpayer says:

    Should have nocked it all down and start again.

  7. Wild West says:

    They look lovely and I hope the residents are pleased but give it 18 months and the Bath stone will be the colour of soot again.
    They need to attend to the air quality there for the sake of the residents’ health. That is more important than a dust-off job.

  8. Rosemary Smith says:

    Shame money can’t be found to renovate the rest of Cogan! Resurfacing the roads would be a good start.

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