Scores of irate visitors to the Penarth end of the Cardiff Barrage – on one of the warmest days of the summer – were incensed yesterday to find that 80 parking spaces had been needlessly coned off all day for the use of a film crew.
The coned-off area was so large than only 28 ordinary car park spaces were left for regular visitors – who all pay to park at the barrage . Every available space was taken by 11:00 am – except for the acres of empty space allocated to the absent film crew.
With all the available spaces in the car park taken, there were angry scenes as visitors – whose day out had been ruined – confronted a lone parking attendant on duty . There was nowhere else to park a car in the vicinity .
At a special disadavantage were disabled motorists who were not allowed to park at their designated disabled parking spots – they too had been coned off to prevent their use. The Penarth Barrage Car Park is operated by the left-wing Labour-controlled Cardiff Council who had given no advance warning of the closures.
Parking spaces are always in high demand during the summer months at the Barrage but yesterday with 80 spaces coned off – awaiting the arrival of the tv location trucks. However by 18:30 yesterday evening only one solitary vehicle – a mobile canteen – had turned up – meaning that visitors – including the many keen anglers who fish from the Barrage – had been unnecessarily deprived of parking spaces throughout the day
Meanwhile on Penarth Esplanade temporary road closures were – at least in theory – in force from last night “ to allow filming to take place”.
The Vale Council said on its website that traffic restrictions would apply last night (July 11th) along the Esplanade. Cliff Road and Cliff Hill from 16:00 yesterday afternoon until 04:00 am this morning .
However this did not tally with the actual traffic sign displayed on the Esplanade which said the Esplanade, Cliff Road and Cliff Hill would be closed from today (July 12 th 2018) from 15:00 hours this afternoon until 03:00 tomorrow morning . The same roads will also be closed – for the same reason tomorrow (July 13th 2018) from 15:00 in the afternoon until 02:00 on Saturday morning.
The closure is being organised by a firm called Forest Traffic Management who have received permission for the closures from the Vale of Glamorgan Council. How much the Vale Council will charge for the closures is not known.
Penarth Esplanade, Cliff Hill and Cliff Road up to the junction with Marine Parade will also be closed for two days from July 13th to July 15th inclusive for the Penarth Summer Festival