Local residents in Cogan are becoming increasingly concerned about the lack of maintenance and rubbish collection in the area around the Penarth Leisure Centre.
People living near the Leisure Centre say there are “constant disturbances from youths drinking alcohol, smoking and drug taking” – about which South Wales Police do nothing. [ The Labour South Wales Police and Crime Commisioner Alun Michael lives in Penarth] .
It’s also being alleged that young people are throwing away “drug bags and litter” in the area where the previous Vale of Glamorgan Council – then run by Labour – misguidedly built a skateboard facililty which has acted as a magnet for anti-social behaviour .
One local mother – taking a walk in the children’s play area with her 19 month old son – reports coming across “broken glass, condoms and a used Tampax” which had been thrown over the hard-court tennis courts at the rear of the building .
The hadcourt tennis area is due to dug up and removed when the site becomes the location for the yet-to-be-approved new GP Health Centre for Penarth.
The Leisure Centre is in the Cornerswell Ward of Penarth, which is represented on the Vale Council by two Labour councillors – Rhiannon Birch and Peter King .
Local residents say they “pay a fortune in council tax” and many also are committed to making hefty regular membership subscriptions to Parkwood Leisure – the company which operates Penarth Leisure Centre on behalf of the Vale of Glamorgan Council.
…Local residents say that at least some of that money that they part with should go towards cleaning-up the area around the Leisure Centre.