The long battle by Penarth Town Councillor Cllr Garry Allman (Conservative St Augustines) to pressure the Cardiff Harbour Authority to do what it’s supposed to do – and clear floating rubbish on the River Ely – has finally paid off.
After 5 weeks of asking and cajoling (and emails bouncing back and forth for over a year) the Penarth river frontage has – at long last – finally been cleared.
A specialised rubbish launch turned up yesterday to clear tons of rubbish, driftwood, plastic bottles old footballs and floating car tyres which had been accumulating in a raft, like a miniature Sargasso Sea, outside private homes on the Penarth bank of the River Ely.
Cllr Allman had – at times – seemed to be fighting the battle alone, with precious little help from anyone else – including the Labour-run Penarth Town Council.
Despite having a representative on the Cardiff Bay Advisory Committee (Cllr Nigel Humphrey Labour St Augustines), Penarth Town Council appeared unwilling to kick-up too much of a fuss about the floating pollution with their Labour Party political bretheren across the Bay.
No action was taken by Vaughan Gething (Labour AM for Cardiff South and Penarth) or Stephen Doughty (Labour MP for Cardiff South and Penarth).
It took the opening of an informal back-channel with Cardiff Cllr Michael Michael (no relation to Alun Michael) to breach what had become – in every sense – a log jam.
The sequence of events appears to expose a serious deficiency in the way Cardiff Bay is being managed by the Cardiff Harbour Authority – which pledges to clean the entire Bay area once a week …but evidently does not do so .