Additional safety barriers have been installed at Penarth Head Park where the controversial 150-tonne Penarth Head Viewing Platform appears to be continuing to pull itself apart.
There are fears that the weight of the viewing platform is compromising the integrity of the cliff-top at Penarth Head Park and the whole lot may soon crash 200 feet down onto the beach below.
Yesterday (September 11th 2018) surveyors were back yet again at the Penarth Head Park carrying out further measurements to ascertain how much the structure has moved since their previous survey on August 17th 2018.
Last month the entire park had to be closed to the public but was subsequently re-opened except for the viewing platform itself.
The viewing platform was built in 2015 – without any planning permission or public consultation – by the previous Labour administration in the Vale of Glamorgan Council.
The platform remains locked and barred and out-of-bounds to the public – including the council-tax payers who paid for it.
Now additional steel crowd-barriers have been put in place to reinforce the failed post and wire safety fencing. The steel barriers are linked together with plastic tags.
The post-and-wire fence had been installed to keep the public a greater distance away from the cliff edge than did the original (new) cast-iron railings.
The post and wire fencing had failed and the main stretcher cables have broken – possibly because of land movement .
The chronology of the project is given in an earlier PDN item https://tinyurl.com/yazr5yxe
There is also later report on https://tinyurl.com/y83hm7oq