Scores of local residents attended the first “drop-in” consultation session held last night on plans to re-vamp the “Gateway to Penarth” – the main approach into the town from Cardiff via Windsor Road/Plassey St.
The session, the first of two being organised by the Conservative-run Vale of Glamorgan Council, was held in the Bowls Pavilion at Belle Vue Park.
On display were 4 alternative proposals for re-aligning the approach into Penarth which had been produced by Vale Council officers
None of the proposded layouts are, in any way, cast in stone and local residents are welcome to propose their own alternatives. Vale officers were on hand to discuss the details with local residents.
The scheme will be funded from Section 106 cash paid to the Vale Council by the Crest Nicholson – the developers of Penarth Heights – and will therefore not be a cost to local council-tax payers. These are the 4 alternative proposals under discussion :-
OPTION 1 : Re-aligned roundabout junction
This option would retain a roundabout junction. The roundabout central island would be enlarged to reduce the speed of vehicles going through the junction. There would be press-button controlled “Toucan” Crossings on Windsor Road and Plassey Street to allow for safer movements around this area for pedestrians and cyclists. However this this option would require a small amount of land from The Dingle park to allow for the enlarged roundabout, resulting in the removal of some trees from this area.
OPTION 2: One Way System – Plassey Street
This option proposes to remove the roundabout and introduce a three way signalised junction with “Toucan” crossings.
OPTION 3: A “Give-Way” junction
This option proposes to remove the roundabout. The primary route would be Windsor Road, and there would be a new T-junction introduced to connect Windsor Road with Plassey Street. The T-junction would not “be signalised”. There would be an uncontrolled – or possibly a Toucan – crossing on Plassey Street AND an uncontrolled – or a Toucan – crossing on Windsor Road. There would be significant “build-outs” [ i.e. enlarged pavement sections] , which could allow for “street furniture and planting”. Parking bays would be available to the South of Hill Terrace.
OPTION 4: A complete One-Way system
This option would see a complete one way system in place on Windsor Road from the junction with High Street, travelling north towards Cogan, and travelling south from Cogan along Plassey Street up to the junction with High Street. There would be a right turn lane allowing vehicles travelling from Penarth Town Centre on Windsor Road to turn right in to Plassey Street. Two way traffic would resume at the junction of High Street heading south towards the town centre.
It is said that this option would “significantly improve movement for pedestrians and cyclists in this area” with the introduction of new traffic signalled controlled pedestrian / cyclist crossings at the junctions of Windsor Road/Plassey Street, High Street/Plassey Street and High Street/Windsor Road. There would also be improved segregated cycle-lanes on both Windsor Road and Plassey Street. Parking bays would be provided to the south of Hill Terrace.
Also being discussed as part of the same consultation are proposals for “sustainable transport links” in the vicinity of Penarth Heights.
Details of the schemes are available on line on https://tinyurl.com/y8wwqub8.
There is to be a further drop-in consultation on Tuesday June 12th – again at the Bowls Pavilion at Belle Vue Park from 17:00 to 19:00.
The council says there has already been a significant amount of reponse to the consultation by local residents on-line. The full results will not be available until some time after September.