PENARTH AM ANDREW R T DAVIES TO STAND FOR ELECTION TO VALE COUNCIL

Andrew R T Davies Conservative AM for South Wales Central – is to stand as a candidate in the by election for the Rhoose Ward of the Vale of Glamorgan Council

Andrew RT Davies – the outspoken pro-Brexit Conservative Assembly Member for South Wales Central (which includes Penarth)  – is to stand for election to the Vale of Glamorgan Council in a bid to stop that council’s plans to close Llancarfan Primary School.

Mr Davies is the former leader of the Conservative Party in Wales and the former leader of the Conservatives in the Welsh Assembly.

He will be contesting next month’s by-election in the Rhoose Ward of the Vale of Glamorgan – where he lives.

Andrew R T Davies lives – and farms – in the Rhoose Ward of the Vale of Glamorgan

Mr Davies says  “I am strongly and bitterly opposed to plans to close Llancarfan Primary School – which would be hugely damaging to the village. As an assembly member, I have consistently spoken out against these proposals, and fully support the local action group in their campaign against them.”

He added “To put it simply, I am standing because I want to do all I can to save the school. This is a subject that is very close to my heart. It is vital there is strong opposition to the closure plans within the Council, and I will provide the leadership that is necessary to fight those plans.”

The proposed closure of Llancarfan village school is a hot-button issue for the Vale Council – where the ruling Conservative administration does not have an absolute majority

Mr Davies will also campaign to get a better deal for Rhoose and the surrounding villages, and says he has a plan to make sure that actually happens. His scheme includes improved transport links, better quality green spaces and improved mobile phone coverage.

The by-election is set to take place on February 14th. It has been brought about by the resignation of the former Conservative councillor for Rhoose Ward  Matthew Lloyd – who resigned in protest over the closure of the Llancarfan School. ( See http://tinyurl.com/ycocbjvk )

There is no restriction on Assembly Members simultaneously serving as councillors on local authorities.

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VALE COUNCIL TO SELL-OFF PLOTS OF LAND IN PENARTH

Two of the plots of land which the Vale of Glamorgan Council is considering selling off in Penarth at 37 St David’s Crescent (left) and 50 Redlands Avenue Penarth (right)

The Vale of Glamorgan Council is next week due to consider selling-off  a number of small plots of land which it owns – some of which are in Penarth and Sully.

The land is described surplus to council requirements and comprises  “small parcels of non-operational housing land suitable for the use of, and incidental to the enjoyment of an adjacent dwelling house only’.

The unwanted plots in Penarth are at  37 St David’s Crescent  and 50 Redlands Avenue. The council says the plots are not suitable for development but are a “continuing financial burden on the council due to their ongoing maintenance and security costs”.

The plots border existing, now privately-owned properties which – in many cases were once  council-houses which have been purchased by the previous or current owners under the Right to Buy Scheme.

This plot of Vale Council land to be potentially sold off at Breaksea Close, Sully (outlined in black) looks as though it might  be large enough for residential development – but like the other plots  would have a restrictive covenant imposed on it – and anyone wanting to develop it for housing would face paying an additional  “claw-back”.

The Vale Council says it has received a number of enquiries from people who wish to acquire small areas of land which are currently held for the purposes of Part II of the Housing Act 1985 and are managed by, or are under the control of, the council’s housing department.

The council says it is able to “dispose of such land if it is no longer required for its operational purpose.” and is now seeking permission to dispose of the plots of land ” to be used as additional garden space by purchasers.

The Vale Council says “Disposing of the land will generate a receipt for the Council and reduce ongoing maintenance costs associated with retaining the land.”

The sale of the land will be subject to the council receiving “the best consideration” [ i.e the best price]  for the land – and it will  be down to the buyers to meet the council’s costs in relation to the sale.

The council will be selling off the plots on a freehold basis but there will be restrictive covenant applied on them to restrict use of it to a “purpose incidental to dwelling-house e.g. domestic garden purposes only” .

If the council later agrees to remove the  restrictive covenant  – at some future date –  “officers will ensure that a suitable claw back provision has been included in the sale documentation to guarantee that the Council benefits from an increased land value that might result from a change of use”.

There is one potential fly in the ointment inasmuch as the council has not yet consulted local ward members. The Vale Council says  “There has been no individual ward member consultation in respect of this report as the parcels of land are located in many areas of the Vale of Glamorgan.”

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MAN IN COURT AFTER BURGLARY AT BROCKHILL RISE SPAR STORE

The Spar convenience store at Brockhill Rise, Penarth

South Wales Police have charged a man following a burglary which  took place at the Spar conventience store at  Brockhill Rise, Penarth,  back in October.

The man charged is Anthony Summerhayes (32) of Cardiff who is to appear in court on one count of burglary.

The alleged break in occurred on October 12, 2018 and Summerhayes is due to appear in Cardiff Magistrates Court on January 30th.

The franchised Brockhill Rise Spar store closed completely at the end of October last year after reducing its opening hours and trading with largely empty shelves for several days.

A spokesperson for A.F. Blakemore & Son Ltd – the company which runs the Spar chain in South Wales – said after the closure  “A.F. Blakemore is working alongside the current owners with the aim of reopening the SPAR store as soon as possible.”  The store currently remains closed .

PDN Note: The Brockhill Rise Spar store and the Spar store in Glebe St were both operated by a limited company called Celestia Retail Ltd. In March 2017 the registered office of the company was moved from the Brockhill Rise premises to the Glebe St Spar store . However a notice has been posted on the door of the Glebe St Spar store this week saying that the Glebe St store is no longer operated by Celestia. Meanwhile Companies House says that the annual Confirmation Statement, due in mid December from Celestia, is overdue.

 

 

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“TOO SUNNY” PENARTH MAY HAVE CAUSED A REDLANDS ROAD CAR CRASH

The car mounted the Redlands Road traffic island – sustaining considerable damage . Three PCSOs and a police officer were called to the scene  (Photo John Clark)

Today’s brilliant winter sun may have been a factor in a relatively unusual single-vehicle car accident on Redlands Road this morning.

A Ford Mondeo appeared to have run straight into a traffic bollard – and traffic island – at the   junction of Redlands Road and Earl Road.

Marooned . The only way to get the car off the island was to crane it up vertically. It was taken away on a breakdown truck. (Photo John Clark)

The car seemed to have marooned itself so firmly on the traffic island that it had to be physically craned up off the bollard before it could be loaded onto a breakdown truck.

Four police officers attended the accident. PCSOs kept traffic flowing along Redlands Road whilst the vehicle was recovered .

The location was  a fortuitous place to have had an accident. Redlands GP surgery is the brick building in the background. (Photo John Clark)

Penarth has been bathed in brilliant sunshine all morning – but the sun is still low in the sky and was shining from the South – the direction in which the car was travelling with sun-vizors down . The airbag system in the Mondeo had been triggered by the impact of the crash and both front airbags had deployed..

No other vehicle was involved in the accident and police said there were no serious injuries to the occupants of the car.

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PENARTH’S NEW WINDSOR CARE HOME IS CRITICISED FOR LACK OF WELSH

The Windsor Road Care Home is opposite Penarth Police Station

The leadership and arrangement of the  relatively new Windsor Road Care Home – opposite Penarth Police Station – is reported to be “good” following the latest inspection by the Care Inspectorate for Wales (CIW) – but the home has been foot-faulted for its lack of provision for Welsh speakers .

The Windsor Road Care Home is registered to provide personal care and accommodation for 6 people aged 18 years and over who have a mental health condition, learning disabilities and autism or have needs associated with autistic spectrum disorder.

The report says ” People have plenty of opportunities to keep busy and are supported with their wellbeing to move on to independent living. Staff support people by providing them with strategies and mechanisms to best help people manage their mental health difficulties’. People enjoy living in an environment that meets their needs and the home is situated close to facilities and amenities’.”

Since the previous inspection:

  •  the number of qualified staff has increased by 100%;
  •  the “Responsible Individual” – i.e. the person in charge of the home – visits every 3 months and
  • the home has introduced the Building Better Lives framework to the service.

There were no areas of “non-compliance” with the regulations noted by inspectors – but they did find that the home is not meeting regulatory standards in some areas and 6 so-called “good practice recommendations” have been made to further improve the service.

Much is made in the report  that residents cannot currently “receive a service in Welsh”  as none of the staff employed there can speak the language. [ The report doesn’t say whether any of the residents actually understand Welsh]  The Care Inspectorate recommends that Welsh is “introduced” into the home and that signage, posters etc should be bi-lingual.

The following  recommendations were made by the inspectors:-
• To include within the statement of purpose and people’s guide, the home’s correct
position regarding the ‘Active Offer’ of the Welsh language;
• To provide a Welsh version of people’s guide to the service to avoid them having to ask for this and the document being delayed by translation;
• To introduce Welsh into the home, by providing signage, posters and basic phrases into practice. This would improve the home’s position regarding the ‘Active Offer’ of Welsh.
• To include within the statement of purpose a telephone number and email address for the home;
• To include within the statement of purpose, the home’s model of theory relating to the Building Better Lives (BBL) framework;
• To consider providing staff with a larger office space to carry out their roles and responsibilities.

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VALE COUNCIL TRIES AGAIN TO STOP PENARTH HEAD VIEWING PLATFORM CRACKING UP

Risky business: On June 8th 2018 scores of spectators s crowded onto the Penarth Head Viewing platform to watch the Volvo Round the World Yacht Race –  totally unaware of the risk that they were taking . Just days later the failing structure had to be closed- yet again – and has remained closed ever since.

The ill-fated 150 tonne Labour Party “vanity project”, the Penarth Head Viewing Platform –  ill-advisedly built (without planning permission or any local consultation)  inches away from the fragile edge of Penarth Head Cliff – is continuing to move and continuing the crack .

The admission has come from the now Conservative-run Vale of Glamorgan Council which is attempting to rectify the dangerous structure left behind by the former Labour administration.

Chained locked and barred. Public access to the Penarth Head Viewing platform is prohibited because it’s just too dangerous. – but it’s still easy to get onto the Viewing Platform

Surveyors back at the Penarth Head Park on September 11th 2018  monitoring the continued movement of the Viewing Platform – and the cliff edge . It was their second visit within four weeks.

July 24th 2018: The crack in the ramparts of the viewing platform became so large there was no doubt about the fact that the integrity of the structure had failed.

The viewing platform has been closed to the public since the latest bout of cracking the movement has been diagnosed.

The whole of the Penarth Head Park has already had safety railings installed to keep members of the public further back from the fragile cliff edge for fear of a cliff collapse

Local residents received a letter from the Vale Council of Glamorgan Council  last night confirming that its initial attempts to stop the movement in the Penarth Head Viewing Platform structure hadn’t been effective. Cracking continued “to a greater extent than previously “

Last night the Vale of Glamorgan Council Council distributed a new letter to worried local residents who live near the structure and whose homes could conceivably be affected. PDN is reproducing this letter in full below as it has not yet been circulated to local media

Dear Sir or Madam

PENARTH HEAD VIEWING PLATFORM

Further to the Council’s previous letter providing an update on the viewing platform. write to provide you with more information and an update on progress.

In terms of history and context, you will be aware that works to construct the Platform were completed in May 2015 by a contractor working on behalf of the council .

In November 2016 reports were received of a crack having appeared in the structure.. On inspection, a large rakIng crack was observed. Such a crack is normally associated with differential settlement. To this end a monitoring regime was instigated to monitor both the structure and surrounding ground for any indication of movement. An inspection of the cliff face was undertaken at a later date to determine if there were any  underlying issues that could have contributed to the propagation of the crack .

Following this initial monitoring and investigation it was noted that the movement joints in the wall had not been constructed as detailed in the original design, The contractor was invited to install these movement joints and, initially, appeared to have been successful .

Subsequent to this, there was no further cracking observed in the structure . It was agreed that  regular monitoring of the structure would continue and during one of these monitoring inspections in July 2018 it was observed that the cracking had re-occurred and to a greater extent than previously .

Given the location of the platform and given the need to investigate further the decision was taken to close the platform in order to assess any movement that may be occurring in the viewing platform in order to assess any movement that may be re-occurring in the viewing platform and any surrounding ground movements.

In terms of the current position the following is a summary of the situation  to date :- 

The monitoring regime has not recorded any discernible movement in the ground or the viewing platform itself. 

As a consequence the viewing platform could be reopened.  That said, the inspections and assessment of the construction and the retrospective movement joints indicate that the retro-fitting of the movement joints has not been undertaken to a suitable standard to provide for the movement as required by the design.

It has also been discovered during these investigations that other movement joints within the structure were also not installed. The lack of these movement joints could account for the continued cracking of the structure. 

As a consequence it was premature to re-open the platform until the works required to install these movement joints to a suitable design have been completed.  To this end, discussions have continued with the contractor and works will now commence in the very near future to install the movement joints to the required standard and replace the damaged section of wall.

It is anticipated that contractors will start on site during the latter part of this week and into next week. The remedial works will take approximately 4 weeks to complete. 

Finally, on completion, the platform will re-open and for completeness we will continue to monitor the platform using robust equipment with surveys to be undertaken in the short to medium term, both in relation to the platform itself and the adjoining ground.
I hope this provides you with more information and if you need further clarification do  not hesitate to contact me.

Yours sincerely Huw Morgans Principal Engineer Environment “

PDN BACKGROUND ON PENARTH VIEWING PLATFORM

The Viewing Platform project was originally described as a Labour Party “Vanity Project” .

It’s understood that no geological surveys at all were carried out by the Labour Vale Council  before it commissioned its officers to design the massive gun-emplacement-like structure built only inches from the edge of the fragile cliff. The timeline of the project is as follows:-

January 5th 2015: A 3D impression of the Viewing Platform as planned by Labour – without any consultation with the people of Penarth

January 5th 2015: The Vale of Glamorgan Council (run in 2015  by the Labour Party) – announces it is to build a Viewing Platform at the highest level of Penarth Head – directly overlooking the Bristol Channel channel .   It is to be created in the shape of the Wales Coast Path logo – an upside-down letter “P”. The cost is said to be £75,000 which is to come from the Vale Council’s own “capital resources” (i.e. council-tax payers’ money). There is no consultation whatsoever with members of the public or with council-tax-payers.

January 27th 2015 : The deep footings or foundations of the massive structure before “60 tonnes” of concrete were poured in. Later it was admitted the actual amount of concrete used was at least a third more than that – A total of at least 84 tonnes. The total weight of the entire edifice would be well over 150 tonnes

January 27th 2015: Contractors Pinit Construction begin work on the Viewing Platform. Deep trenches are dug into the vulnerable head of the cliff and reinforcing bars installed for the foundations . It’s stated that 25 cubic metres (60 tonnes) of readymix concrete will be poured into them.

April 2 2015 :It’s now revealed that the total weight of concrete that’s been poured into the foundations of the Viewing Platform isn’t “60 tonnes – it’s actually 84 tonnes – a third more than was originally specified.

May 7th 2015 The public is given access to the Penarth Head Open Space and the new “Viewing Platform “ for the first time . There is no official opening ceremony. It’s reported that local Labour councillors are too embarrassed to organise any publicity for their creation. Local residents say Penarth Head Park has been “ruined” by what they call an “ugly monstrosity”

May 7, 2015 : After taking four months to complete,  – far longer than originally estimated –  the Penarth Head Viewing Platform is opened to the public for the first time to universal condemnation . There is no opening ceremony . The total weight of the edifice is now estimated to be 150 tonnes. The people of Penarth condemn the building as an ugly eyesore. As a “viewing platform” it’s a disaster. Neither wheelchair users, nor children can see over the high ramparts.  Recesses for public information plaques have been installed in the wrong places and the floor and surfaces of the building are still incomplete. When it rains, the floor floods.

May 16th 2015 . Well-known local architect Nigel Arnold – whose home is the nearest to the Viewing Platform wades into the controversy castigating the Labour Vale Council for its failure to give local residents any advance notice of its plans. He criticises the council for its adamant refusal to consult local people in Penarth or consider their views. He launches a leaflet campaign in which he publishes the private telephone number of the then council leader Neil Moore.

The leader of the Vale of Glamorgan Council Cllr Neil Moore (Labour Cadoc Ward) tried to defend the then Labour-run council’s disastrous decisions – claiming the Viewing Platform was “unfinished” and “complied” with the requirements of wheelchair users –  – but the ramparts were so high wheelchair users couldn’t see over them.

May 29th 2015: A badly-rattled Labour council leader Neil Moore issues a public statement in response to what he calls ” a number of letters and social media comments about the new Penarth Head viewing platform”. Cllr Moore now describes the Viewing Platform as “part of a suite of works that are currently unfinished  …. It is expected that landscaping, including a raised bed around the base of the platform, will soften and reduce the initial impact of the brick wall, a material chosen to reflect the ‘Blue-Grey Lias Limestone’ boundary wall of the park” .Cllr Moore says “The Viewing Platform has been built to be compliant with the Equalities Act 2010 and will allow wheelchair access with clear visibility over the boundary wall”.[PDN Note: This point is emphatically disputed by buggy and wheelchair users who can’t see a thing from the Viewing Platform because of the height of the walls ]. Nowhere in his open letter does Cllr Moore respond to the central point of the criticism – that there was no consultation with the people of Penarth.

September 16th 2015 The Vale Council admits that the alignment of the information-plaque recesses on the ramparts of the Viewing Platform are all wrongly aligned. They invite visitors to gaze into the living rooms of nearby apartments instead of out to sea

September 16th 2015 : The deputy leader of the Vale of Glamorgan Council, Cllr Lis Burnett admits that the recesses in the Penarth  Head Viewing Platform’s ramparts (which were meant to house visitor information)  have  been  wrongly aligned. They point, not at points of interest across the channel, but directly at nearby homes. The council says further alternations are to be made to fix the problem. The costs are now estimated at over  £100,000 (instead of the original £40,000)  [Building  work had taken 17 weeks rather than the 7 weeks “originally estimated]

November 13th 2016 : Daylight appears through a huge crack running from the top of the wall to the base of the Labour Party Vale Council “vanity project” – the Penarth Head Viewing Platform. It will get a lot worse that this.

November 14, 2016:  Just 19 months after completion, the first ominous cracks begin to appear in the structure of the Penarth Head Viewing Platform.  Long diagonal cracks appear in the North Eastern corner of the massive  structure, indicating that the integrity of the building – poised at the very edge of Penarth Head Cliff – may have failed.  A geologist tells PDN  the indications are that the cliff beneath the “viewing platform”  is unable to withstand the enormous weight – now estimated at 150 tonnes – and is gradually subsiding beneath the foundations .

November 13 2016 : A few months earlier these railings had been vertical. Now they’re splayed outwards by ground movement

November 13 2016 : What was –  just months earlier –  a vertical row of brand new iron railings,  along the very edge of the cliff,  has , in the space of 19 months,  been pushed out of shape at an angle as the cliff-edge slowly subsides under the massive weight of the viewing platform. The cost of the project is now estimated to be £150,000 – and climbing.

November 22 2018 : The Vale of Glamorgan Council notice closes the Viewing Platform  to the public whilst professional surveyors are called in to check how much the structure is moving and whether it’s safe

November 22 2016 : The Vale of Glamorgan Council notice closes the Viewing Platform  to the public whilst professional surveyors are called in to check how much the structure is moving and whether it’s safe.

November 22 2016 The Penarth Head Park is partially fenced off for safety reasons

November 22 2016 Whilst the survey work is in progress the viewing platform is closed to the public  – but the park remains open . However  new inner fence is installed in Penarth Head Park to keep the public back from the edge of the cliff .

A large section of the Penarth Head Park itself has now been fenced off to the public

November 22 2016 A large section of the Penarth Head Park itself was  fenced off to the public – it maroons a doggie poop bin and two benches

November 22 2016 Yellow movement markers were attached to the structure and also driven into the ground on Penarth Head by the Alpine surveyors

November 22 2016 Alpine Land Surveyors install stainless steel pegs into the earth around the viewing platform which contain monitoring equipment linked to sixteen GPS satellites. These will indicate whenever ground movement of more than a millimetre has taken place.

Special markers were fixed to the walls to establish the amount of movement

February 4th 2017 the Viewing  Platform is re-opened to the public. The still Labour-controlled Vale of Glamorgan Council  claims the result of the survey work shows that the Viewing Platform is  “safe for the public to enjoy” – but nevertheless is keeping in place the new rows of emergency post-and-wire fencing it had installed as an additional safety measure  to keep people further back from the cliff edge than the original iron railings had.

July 26th 2017 Abseiling experts about to climb over the edge of Penarth Head Cliff to examine the subsidence that’s causing the structural failure of the Labour Vale Council’s Penarth Head Viewing platform.

July 26th 2017:  Following the election of a Conservative administration in the Vale Council in May 2017, the new council calls in a team of experts to  abseil part-way down the cliff-face of Penarth Head  to try to ascertain just how much damage the former Labour-controlled Vale of Glamorgan Council has done to Penarth Head Park and the fragile cliff structure at the top of the cliff.

The experts working on the face of the cliff-top told local residents that  they had been instructed to clear back parts of the cliff edge and face in order to find out “what was going on”  – and whether it would be possible to reinforce the subsiding structure. Armed with chain saws  they worked  suspended by ropes on the face of Penarth Head – up to 15 feet below the cliff top with a 200 foot drop below them. They said that the expansion gaps and bricks to the front and on the ground had already been re-pointed and that these had definitely moved again since that repair work was carried out. One of the experts carrying out the examination said he was not sure anything could be done to remedy the situation and thought that at least part of the viewing platform would eventually “end up on the beach”. The cost of the structure and the subsequent repairs and surveys is said to be approaching £250,000.

June 8th 2018 Spectators crowd onto the Penarth Head Viewing platform to watch the race from the edge of the cliff . It now appears they may have been risking their lives

June 8th 2018:  Spectators pack the Penarth Head Viewing Platform to watch the start of the Volvo Ocean Races . More people are now standing on the Viewing Platform than ever before – unaware that huge cracks are opening up in the structure and the ground is literally shifting beneath their feet.

July 24 2018 :The hot dry summer creates further cracks in the ground around the viewing platform – but they’re masked by a layer of parched cut grass. The viewing platform remains open.

July 24 2018 : Local residents report seeing deep cracks and fissures developing in the ground around the Viewing Platform . Alpine surveyors return to the site to check it out.

July 24th 2018: The widening crack in the ramparts of the viewing platform is now so large there’s no doubt about the fact that the integrity of the structure has failed.

July 24 2018:  The surveyors note that the cracks in the structure of the Viewing Platform are now larger than ever. The Viewing Platform is unzipping itself under its own weight and pulling itself apart as the cliff edge underneath it is crushed downwards. They report back to the Vale of Glamorgan Council.

August 9 2018 :The huge crack in ramparts of the Viewing Platform have got so big that a strain gauge installed at a position at the top right of the photo has failed and fallen off (Photo John Matthews)

August 9th 2018:  The size of the huge cracks developing in the brick built ramparts of the Viewing Platform make it obvious that the edifice is pulling itself apart – and could take part of the cliff with it . The picture taken on Thursday August 9th by John Matthews (above) may be the last ever to be taken of the Viewing Platform’s walls. The strain gauges glued to the walls by the surveyors to measure increases in the cracks have now failed and fallen off.

August 10th 2018:  . The entire Penarth Head Park is closed to the public (it was later re-opened but the Viewing Platform was cordoned off.

August 10th 2018 : The Vale of Glamorgan Council decides to close not just the Viewing Platform itself  – but the entire Penarth Head Park. It gives no explanation for the closure and only invites the public to ring 01446700111 for more information. When callers ring that number they are told that Penarth Head Park has had to be closed because of a “large crack” developing in the Viewing Platform. The park is to remain closed “until further notice”   .

August 14 2018: The Penarth Head Park is re-opened but the Viewing Platform itself remained  closed-off to the public with metal barriers placed across both entrances. Surveyors engaged by the Vale of Glamorgan Council visit the Penarth Head Viewing Platform again to check on continuing cracking of the structure. A number of concerned local residents gathered at Penarth Head Park whilst the surveyors were at work.

A surveyor on an earlier visit to the area  erected a theodolite at the corner of Church Place and Clive Place

The platform  is estimated to weigh over 150 tonnes and had more than 84 tonnes of liquid concrete poured into foundations excavated into the fragile cliff top  – a third more than was originally quoted .

The viewing platform is just 8 feet from spiked railings along the cliff edge. The spikes originally had safety covers put on them to prevent injury to potential suicide jumpers

The structure of dense and heavy engineering brick  was supposed to be built “8 feet” from the cliff edge – but was actually stands merely 12 inches from the top of the 200 foot precipice.

August 17th 2018: Surveyors make  what is understood to be their third or fourth visit to the structure. They discover that some of the monitoring equipment and gauges which they had placed in position on their first visit had fallen off because of the continued movement of the massive ramparts of the viewing platform. The beach 200 feet directly below the Viewing Platform remains open to the public.

The Vale Council brings in substantial metal crush barriers to beef up the failed post-and-wire fencing on which some of the wire has given way

September 11th 2018: The auxiliary post-and wire safety fence is reinforced with metal crush barriers   .  However – despite the chains and padlocks on the entrance  – it’s still easy to get onto the Viewing Platform by ducking under the side rails ….

Chained locked and barred. Public access to the Penarth Head Viewing platform is prohibited because it’s just too dangerous. – but it’s still easy to get onto the Viewing Platform

November 28th 2018 : The Vale of Glamorgan Council announces that “remedial work” is to be carried out by the original contractor under “instruction” from the council’s own engineers. No completion date is given and there is no reference to the cost of the project.

January 16th 2019 : The Vale Council informs local residents that “in July 2018 it was observed that the cracking had re-occurred and to a greater extent than previously” . The Council says it has now discovered other faults in the construction of the Viewing Platform. It says “the retro-fitting of the movement joints has not been undertaken to a suitable standard to provide for the movement as required by the design…. It has also been discovered during these investigations that other movement joints within the structure were also not installed. The lack of these movement joints could account for the continued cracking of the structure.”

The council also adds “Contractors will start on site during the latter part of this week and into next week. The remedial works will take approximately 4 weeks to complete. Finally, on completion, the platform will re-open and for completeness we will continue to monitor the platform using robust equipment with surveys to be undertaken in the short to medium term, both in relation to the platform itself and the adjoining ground.”

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PENARTH’S PIER 64 RESTAURANT IS SET TO RE-OPEN UNDER NEW OWNERS

Pier 64 was also a popular meeting place for the Penarth Marina Residents Association

The Pier 64 restaurant in Penarth Marina is to re-open next week under the aegis of a new company Sansemea (UK) Ltd  – but under its original name.

Sansemea has confirmed that it has acquired the Pier 64 “brand” and will re-open the restaurant under that original name on January 23rd.

The Pier 64 restaurant

The original company –  Pier 64 Ltd  – run by footballer Craig Bellamy , went into liquidation earlier this month. The restaurant premises were bought by Mr Bellamy for £1,324,430 in 2014 – but were owned separately from Pier 64 Ltd and are still in Mr Bellamy’s ownership .

Mr Bellamy is not a director of Sansemea (UK) Ltd which is based in Treforest near Pontypridd . Sansemea’s only two directors are Stephen Jones and Marie Lynne Boudier.

Stephen Jones has told WalesonLine that his company “has no connection with Pier 64 Ltd – a company in liquidation. This company has acquired a lease of the premises from the owner and landlord of the building which will be occupied and used as a restaurant business.”

All customer bookings and vouchers purchased before the business closed are to be honoured by the new company .

 

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