PENARTH SEA-FRONT CLOSED TO TRAFFIC ALL DAY FOR MOTORCYCLE PARADE

The Drstinguished Gentlemen's Ride - arriving en-mass at Penarth Esplanade last year . This time the traffic arrangements are different

Crashhelmets and cravats : The Distinguished Gentlemen’s Ride – arriving en-mass at Penarth Esplanade last year . This time the traffic arrangements are different. Cars are banned.

Penarth Esplanade, Cliff Hill and Cliff Road are closed all day from 07:00 this morning through until 17:00. for a motorcycle event.

For the second time the “Distinguished Gentlemen’s Ride”  – an event in which well-dressed men ride motorbikes in procession and park along the Esplanade – is being held in Penarth in aid of a prostate cancer charity

Last year the self styled "Distinguished Gentlemen" occupied all the pedestrian area of the promenade whilst the Esplanade road remained open to normal traffic. Pedestrians had no option but to walk along a narrow section of pavement next to oncoming traffic.

Last year the self styled “Distinguished Gentlemen” occupied all the pedestrian area of the promenade whilst the Esplanade road remained open to normal traffic. Pedestrians had no option but to walk along a narrow section of pavement next to oncoming traffic. This time the road is closed.

Last year the self-styled “Distinguished Gentlemen” occupied all the pedestrian area of the promenade whilst the Esplanade road remained open to normal traffic. Pedestrians had no option but to walk along  a narrow section of pavement next to oncoming traffic.

Last year parents with toddlers and push-chairs had to weave their way past more than 100 motorbikes

Last year parents with toddlers and push-chairs had to weave their way past more than 100 massed motorbikes

This year – for the first time – other traffic will be diverted via Bridgeman Road and Marine Parade but the Vale of Glamorgan Council says that pedestrian access to the sea front will be “maintained at all times” .The only vehicles allowed along the Esplanade – apart from the event motorbikes – will be emergency vehicles and those of the RNLI lifeboat crew

Last year some of the motorbikes even occupied part of Penarth Pier

Last year some of the motorbikes even occupied part of Penarth Pier

Some motorbikes were ranged along Penarth Pier in last year’s event.

There will be more road closures in Penarth next Sunday for the Cardiff Half Marathon in which up to 20,000 runners are expected to take part.

Olympic champion Mo Farah was amongst the competitors in last year's Cardiff Half Marathon routed through Penarth Marina

Olympic champion Mo Farah (in the blue cap) was amongst the competitors – but at the back of the leading pack –  in last year’s Cardiff Half Marathon routed through Penarth Marina

As in previous years, these closures will affect traffic coming into Penarth via the Baron’s Court junction and the Tesco roundabout . Terra Nova Way and Penarth Portway will be closed and there will be no access  to the Marina from Dock Hill. Normally traffic controls for this event at lifted by midday.

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DISABLED YACHT IS TOWED-IN BY PENARTH LIFEBOAT

Under grey and overcast sky Penarth's Atlantic 85 lifeboat tows in the disabled yacht to Cardiff Barrage

Under a grey skies Penarth’s Atlantic 85 lifeboat tows in a disabled yacht to Cardiff Barrage

A sailing yacht adrift without power was towed in to Cardiff Barrage locks this afternoon by Penarth’s Atlantic 85 lifeboat Maureen Lilian.

The 32 fo0t yacht had  three people on board and had been was unable to start its engine in choppy seas  and strong winds. All were landed safety at Penarth  barrage .

The smaller D class lifeboat was called out only yesterday to go the the aid of another vessel. The details of that rescue and a Penarth Town Council discussion on a  lifeboat donation is on https://penarthnews.wordpress.com/2016/09/23/sunrise-rescue-for-lifeboat-as-penarth-council-ponders-donation/

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MAN TRAPPED IN TOILET IS LIBERATED BY PENARTH FIRE CREW

Penarth Fire Fighters broke into the locked toilet to release the trapped man

Penarth Fire Fighters broke into the locked toilet to release the trapped man

Penarth’s Fire and Rescue had to force their way into the locked bathroom in a house in Cogan last night to free an occupant who found himself accidentally trapped in his own toilet.

The call was made at 22:27 last night. South Wales Fire and Rescue said the emergency was what is called a “gain an entry” assignment. The fire crew had to get into the house and then get into the locked toilet.

The man, who had not been able open the toilet door, had – according to one report –  summoned help by using his mobile phone. He was released from his predicament safe and well – says the fire service.

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CARDIFF SOUTH & PENARTH MP DOUGHTY RENTS EXCLUSIVE NEW OFFICES

Penarth Labour MP Stephen Doughty is now ensconsed in the exclusive Caspian Point development

Penarth Labour MP Stephen Doughty is now ensconced in the exclusive Caspian Point development

The Labour and Cooperative MP for Cardiff South and Penarth, Stephen Doughty – has moved to new offices in Cardiff Bay within the premium office development No. 1 Caspian Point.

Owen Smith criticised the plush accommodation when it was rented by the Conservatives. Now Labour MP Stephen Doughty has moved in

Owen Smith criticised the plush accommodation when it was rented by the Wales Office. Now Labour MP Stephen Doughty has moved in

The top-drawer office block is the same one  which the Wales Office rented in 2013 – a move which then cost taxpayers more than £560,000.

When the Wales Office moved into the same building in 2013, the man who is now a Labour leadership contender –  Owen Smith  – described the expenditure involved  as “extraordinary” and said the Wales Office was at risk of  becoming known as the “Waste Office”.

Sharing the new offices with Doughty will be Cardiff South and Penarth’s Labour AM Vaughan Gething.

The address of the offices is 1 Caspian Point, Cardiff Bay, CF10 4DQ and the phone number is  02920 444055 . Doughty says appointments are “by request”.

Cardiff South and Penarth MP Stephen Doughty's new office shares the same address as the Wales Office - outside which he was protesting on September 16th

On September 16th Cardiff South and Penarth Labour MP  Stephen Doughty joined a womens pension protest demonstration outside 1 Caspian Place  – the address he now shares with the Wales Office

Comment today on Facebook Doughty says that ” I am renting one small room for my staff, utilities, phone, Internet and meeting room facilities etc.” and says he – like all other MPs –  is not allowed to spend more than £23,450 per year for such purposes .

A graph showing the expense claims made by Stephen Doughty Labour MP for Cardiff South and Penarth

A graph showing the expense claims made by Stephen Doughty Labour MP for Cardiff South and Penarth. (Data from MP’s Expenses Info / IPSA) 

The latest available figures show that between 1 Jun 2015 and 31 May 2016 Doughty claimed a total of £50,513.67 in expenses .

By April 2016 he was claiming at the rate of over £12,000 a month (a figure which includes staff costs) but the claims have now dropped back to more modest levels .

Today Doughty issued a tweet formally congratulating Jeremy Corbyn on being re-elected as leader of the Labour Party – despite his having resigned as a junior member of Corbyn’s front bench team in January as a gesture of disapproval.

BBC political editor Laura Kuenssberg cues Stephen Doughty to announce his resignation on Wednesday's BBC Daily Politics programme

BBC political editor Laura Kuenssberg cues Stephen Doughty to announce his resignation as a junior Jeremy Corbyn minister on the BBC Daily Politics programme in January. Now Doughty appears to be  mending fences with Corbyn who today was re-elected as leader of the Labour Party

Doughty had  been listed by the Daily Mirror as a supporter of Corbyn’s rival, Owen Smith, in the Labour leadership contest and was classified by the Corbyn camp as “hostile” to the Labour Leader .

Today Doughty – referring to Corbyn as “Jeremy”  – urged fellow Labour Party members not to indulge in any more internecine warfare and called for – as he put it – “No splits (or purges!)”.

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INVESTIGATION LAUNCHED INTO ALLEGED COUNCIL-LAND TAKE-OVER ON PENARTH ESTATE

Cae Gwyn, Penarth is a residential area off Dinas Road

Cae Gwyn, Penarth is a residential area off Dinas Road

The Vale of Glamorgan Council has launched an Enforcement Investigation into the alleged inclusion of council-owned land into a residential plot in a Penarth private-housing estate and the removal of trees.

The site involved is listed as being adjacent to 11 Cae Gwyn – on a residential estate in the south of Penarth off Dinas Road

The Vale Council is investigating what it describes as “Removal of trees and change of use of council land to residential curtilage”.

 

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SUNRISE RESCUE FOR LIFEBOAT AS PENARTH COUNCIL PONDERS DONATION

A lifeboat crew member washes his/her boots over the wide on the return trip to the lifeboat station this morning

A lifeboat crew member washes the glutinous mud of the Bristol Channel sea bed off a pair of yellow wellies in the sea  on the return trip to the lifeboat station at sunrise this morning

Penarth Lifeboat’s all-volunteer crew members were roused from their beds before dawn this morning to go the aid of a yacht which is understood to have run aground on the low tide.

It was the little D-Class inshore lifeboat Connie Daines – reputed to be Britain’s busiest lifeboat –  which was launched to  go the aid of the yacht “Storm King“which is understood to have gone aground .The yacht was refloated and taken to the Penarth Barrage locks where she was safely berthed without further incident .

Olympic Gold Medallist Hannah Mills with Jason Dunlop of Penarth RNLI at the appeal launch in July

Olympic Gold Medallist Hannah Mills with Operations Manager Jason Dunlop at the appeal launch in July to raise £52,000 to build and equip  a replacement lifeboat

Penarth RNLI’s inshore lifeboat Connie Daines has  been called out so many times in the last six years that in July the local Olympic Gold Medal sailor Hannah Mills launched a £52,000 appeal  for a replacement boat .

Last night Penarth Town Council’s policy and finance committee  heard that the council had received a submission from the Royal National Lifeboat Institution or a financial donation towards this  appeal and – regardless of whatever decision the council might make – the institution extended an invitation to councillors to visit the lifeboat station and meet the crews.

Cllr Neil Thomas (Labour Cornerswell) declared an interest and left the meeting

Cllr Neil Thomas (Labour Cornerswell)

Cllr Neil Thomas (Labour Cornerswell)  said the Lifeboat station was a “matter of pride for most Penarthians” . Cllr Thomas said “we should at least show our encouragement to them” and proposed that the council make a donation of £200 – but admitted that such a sum would “not make a big dent” in their costs for a replacement lifeboat. However the proposed donation would be “a gesture towards them – showing our support”.

Cllr Clive Williams (Conservative Plymouth Ward)

Cllr Clive Williams (Conservative Plymouth Ward)

Cllr Clive Williams (Conservative Plymouth Ward) seconded the proposal. He said he was amazed at the number of call-outs which were responded to by Penarth lifeboat and suggested that in the case of Sully Island ( where people are regularly marooned) more preventative measures should be taken in the form of better public information.

Cllr Philip Rapier (Labour St Augustines) at Tuesday's Community Meeting

Cllr Philip Rapier (Labour St Augustines)

Cllr Philip Rapier (Labour St Augustines) – said he would like to endorse what Cllr Williams had said . Every launch cost money  he said – and, noting Cllr Williams’s point about public information, noted the recent tragedy at Camber Sands and the way “undertow currents work”. He thoroughly endorsed the proposed £200 donation.

Cllr Mark Wilson (Labour Stanwell)

Cllr Mark Wilson (Labour Stanwell)

Cllr Mark Wilson (Labour Stanwell) however had a different proposal. “We know lifeboats are extremely expensive” – he said “and the people that man them do it out of their kindness”.

He proposed offering “ an event”  be held in association with the RNLI to assist the institution to raise money itself – possibly in the Paget Rooms, on a day the venue was not already booked.

The Mayor of Penarth Cllr Mike Cuddy (Labour St Augustines)

The Mayor of Penarth Cllr Mike Cuddy (Labour St Augustines) with the RNLI’s Jason Dunlop

The Mayor Cllr Mike Cuddy (Labour St Augustines) who is chair of the policy and finance committee, said he had already attended the appeal launch-event at the lifeboat station which had involved local Olympic gold medallist Hannah Mills.

Cllr Gwyn Roberts (Labour St Augustines)

Cllr Gwyn Roberts (Labour St Augustines)

Cllr Gwyn Roberts (Labour St Augustines) suggested a concert be held to raise money in the Paget Rooms  at which the RNLI “could raise quite significant amounts of money – particularly if they have a good attraction”. and suggested it be organised through the Mayor’s “good offices”.

The Mayor said he would consider it in the “crowded programme that I’ve got”.

However the Deputy Town Clerk Keri Hutchings then revealed that he had already had discussions with Penarth Lifeboat about such an event – details of which would be announced at the next meeting.

 

 

 

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LABOUR-RUN VALE COUNCIL CUTS BACK ON JOBS FOR 16-24 YEAR OLDS

The Vale of Glamorgan Council HQ in Barry provides a lower proportion of jobs for young people than most other employers in the area.

The Vale of Glamorgan Council HQ in Barry provides a lower proportion of jobs for young people than most other employers in the area.

Since Labour took control of the Vale of Glamorgan Council in 2012, it appears that the left-wing administration has substantially cut back on the proportion of young people it employs – according to an internal council report.

When Labour gained power in the Vale, four years ago, 13.4% of its entire workforce comprised young people between the ages of 16 and 24 – but now that proportion has dwindled to just 12.6% .

The drop comes despite the fact that young people in the 16-24 age range now comprise 17.1% of the working population of the Vale of Glamorgan.

School leavers' chances of getting a job with the Vale of Glamorgan Council are declining

School leavers’ chances of getting a job with the Vale of Glamorgan Council are declining

The council is supposed to have an objective of increasing the employment of 16-24 year olds, so that the proportion of them on its staff rises to the same levels as those of other local public-sector and private-sector employers.

One inside source says the figures for the employment of 16-24 year-olds by the council suggest the Labour administration has shown a bias against hiring young people over the four-and-a-half years it’s been running the Vale.

An internal council report says a more coordinated approach is needed to “improve the employment of school, college and university leavers” as well as to “launch a council-wide professional apprenticeship scheme”.

The hot DBM - mixed at 200 C - is poured into wheelbarrows

The Vale of Glamorgan Council’s Highways and Engineering Department currently has several unfilled vacancies which could potentially be filled by 16-24 year olds

One area where it appears there is an immediate need for young workers is in the Vale Council’s Highways and Engineering Department where there are several vacant posts which have remained unfilled for some time.

The Vale Council’s “regeneration scrutiny committee” [which operates in a nominally independent watchdog capacity]   has already told the council’s ruling ‘cabinet’ [the 5 strong cabal that actually runs the council]  that a training programme should be set up to “encourage home grown staff” and to  “develop appropriate skills”.

The number of trainees or interns currently employed by the Vale Council is reported to be 15.

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