WOMAN WITH SUSPECTED HEART-ATTACK ON SINKING MOTOR CRUISER

Penarth lifeboat in the Number 1 Lock with a Cardiff Harbour Authority Launch whicvh also played a part in the rescue

Penarth lifeboat has the sinking white motor cruiser secured fore and aft in the Number 1 Lock with a Cardiff Harbour Authority Launch asrern which also played a part in the rescue. On board the lifeboat crew are working to stop the cruiser sinking

Penarth lifeboat was called out this afternoon to attend to a large motor cruiser reported to be taking in water off Penarth with a medical casualty on board.

A woman understood to be the wife of the boat owner was taken ill on board the vessel –  with a suspected heart attack according to a PDN source .

The lifeboat brought the casualty vessel into the Penarth Locks of Cardiff Barrage and put crew members aboard to rig powerful pumps to try to stem the inflow of flood water.

The submerged swimming platform of Padraigin of Bantry - a Pirncess 435 twin engined motor cruiser

The submerged swimming platform of Padraigin of Bantry – a Princess 435 twin-engined motor cruiser

The swimming platform at the stern of the vessel stern of the cruiser – which would normally be above the surface –  was below water because of the amount of seawater which had flooded into the hull .

The onjy thing that stopping  this £300,000 motor cruiser sinking is the RNLI's powerful portable bilge pump

The only thing that stopping this £300,000 motor cruiser sinking is the RNLI’s powerful portable bilge pump which could pump the water out faster than it was coming in.

The woman who had been taken ill on board the motor cruiser is helped to her feet by a paramedic for transfer to the lifeboat alongside

The woman who had been taken ill on board the motor cruiser is helped to her feet by a paramedic for transfer to the lifeboat alongside

The casualty was carefully embarked on Penarth's Atlantic 85  lifeboat so that she could be taken into Cardiff Bay via another lock

The casualty was carefully embarked on Penarth’s Atlantic 85 lifeboat so that she could be taken into Cardiff Bay via another lock

Meanwhile the woman who had been taken ill was given first aid on board the cruiser and then transferred to the lifeboat to be taken ashore via another lock then and disembarked at the water taxi berth near the Custom House.

Yet again there appeared to be a delay because the lifeboat crew did not have a key to admit the paramedics to the Cardiff Harbour Authority’s water taxi berth – exactly the same scenario which delayed paramedics on May 4th when they arrived to attend the injured first officer of a Trinity House vessel Galatea,  who was also brought ashore at the Water Taxi pontoon.

The Penarth Lifeboat Maureen Lillian - having swopped locks disembarked the casualty at the Water taxi berth where she was taken in a wheelchair to a waiting ambulance

The Penarth Lifeboat Maureen Lillian – having swopped locks – disembarked the casualty at the WaterTaxi Pontoon where she was taken in a wheelchair to a waiting ambulance

The casualty is wheeled ashore by parademics at the water taxi pontoon with blue-suited Penarth Coastguard officers in attendance

The casualty is wheeled ashore by paramedics at the water taxi pontoon with blue-suited Penarth Coastguard officers in attendance

Several other boats attempting to lock in at Cardiff Barrage were delayed and hundreds of visitors thronged the barrage and locks whilst the operation was under way.

The Barry Dock Lifeboat Inner Wheel II off Penarth this afternoon

The Barry Dock Lifeboat Inner Wheel II off Penarth this afternoon

The big offshore Barry Dock lifeboat Inner Wheel II with a heavy duty pumps on board was also called to Penarth to deal with the sinking cruiser. The Barry Dock lifeboat carries a large capacity salvage pump aboard which is designed to keep flooding vessels afloat

Penarth's Atlantic 85 Maureen Lillian running at full tilt back to Cardiff Barrage this afternoon on her second

Penarth’s Atlantic 85 Maureen Lilian running at full tilt back to Cardiff Barrage this afternoon on her second ” shout” of the day

No sooner had Penarth Lifeboat Maureen Lilian returned to station on Penarth Esplanade than she was called back to Cardiff Barrage to deal with a second emergency  – a woman with head injuries on a vessel called Cassy .

The second casualty of the day in Penarth Sea Locks

Cassy  – the second casualty of the day in Penarth Sea Locks with a female crew member who had sustained a head injury (Photo Penarth Coastguard)

The casualty vessel was brought into the Penarth Locks safely and the patient examined by paramedics who found the injury was not as serious as had been feared and there was no need to take the casualty to hospital.

All information is subject to confirmation.

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GREY SKIES – BUT PLENTY TO SEE AT PENARTH QUAYS MARINA OPEN DAY

Young kayakers show off their skills in Penarth Quays Marina

Young kayakers show off their skills in Penarth Quays Marina

Penarth Quays Marina – the part of Penarth Marina with the boats in it – has been holding  another successful open day with the aim of showing off the marina and facilities and introducing people of all ages  the fun that can be had on the water .

What's that Bentley doing on the Boat Dock? Marina Manager Stuart Jones

Despite recently breaking a leg on his bike, the Bentley saloon on display at the hoist dock didn’t tempt marina manager Stuart Jones (right in shorts) . He’s now back in the saddle and has just completed  a gruelling ride to Tenby Pembrokeshire

The large Bentley limousine parked on the marina’s Hoist Dock was apparently there to promote a local limo hire business  – but all the other exhibits and demonstrations were there to promote sailing or boating activities.

The RNLI sea safety team were on hand with advice and information

The RNLI sea safety team were on hand with advice and information with  Launch Authority Officer Laurie Pavlin

The RNLI was on hand with its sea safety team  safety team to give advice to sailors and would-be sdailors and also to [provide free checks ot key safety equoment like lifejackets.

Young kayakers being put through their paces in the marina

Young kayakers being put through their paces in the marina

Meanwhile on the water hosts of youngsters showed off their kayaking skills whilst alongside the pontoon the Penarth Navy – in the shape of HMS Express –  was open for visitors to come aboard and take a look around.

HMS Express was open to the public

HMS Express was open to the public

The local Compass Coffee  shop was doing a roaring  trade and a barbecue was being provided by Pier 64

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PENARTH PLANNERS PAN PILL ST. PIZZA-PARLOUR PROJECT

The plan was to turn 51 Pill St, Cogan  into a Pizza takeaway.

The plan was to turn 51 Pill St, Cogan into a Pizza takeaway.

Penarth Town Council’s planning committee has recommended that planning permission is NOT given to a Cogan retailer to convert his premises in Pill St into a Pizza takeaway.

The application was for planning permission for a change of use for the premises at 51 Pill St from a “cold food takeaway” to a “pizza takeaway”.

This planning application was due to have been considered  by the full Penarth Town Council planning committee  – but when the committee met on April 23rd 2015 only 5 councillors were present – out of the total of 15 on the planning committee. There needed to be at least 6 present for the committee to be legally “quorate” .

Cllr Mike Cuddy (Labour St Augustines) Leader of Penarth Town Council

Cllr Mike Cuddy (Labour St Augustines) Vice chairman of the planning committee

Cllr Neil Thomas (Labour Cornerswell) chairman of the planning committee has had its recommendation overturned.

Cllr Neil Thomas (Labour Cornerswell) chairman of the planning committee

Consideration was given to delegating the decisions to the chairman of the planning committee (Cllr Neil Thomas) and the Vice chairman of the committee (Cllr Mike Cuddy)  – however on April 23rd it was agreed that this procedure only applied during the recess (i.e. summer holiday) and could not apply in this case. See http://tinyurl.com/q2dmhux)

Notwithstanding that ruling – and for  reasons yet to be made clear  – this application (and three others)  were later considered by the chairman and vice-chairman on a delegated basis after all and returned to the Vale of Glamorgan Council on May 14th 2015.

The chairman and vice chairman observed that “Having considered the applicant’s suggestions for overcoming previous refusals the Town Council is of the opinion that they are ineffectual and that the application should be refused for the following reasons.

  1. The proposal is likely to constitute as source of nuisance thereby having an unacceptable effect  on the residents amenities of the locality by reason of the likelihood of noise and general disturbance.
  2. The proposal is likely to increase vehicular traffic in small residential streets thereby contributing the general disturbance and noise.”

The final decision will be made by the Vale of Glamorgan Council.

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RESIDENTS WELCOME RETURN OF SUMMER SUNDAY SEA-FRONT BUS SERVICE

The Sunday/Bank Holiday Cardiff bus began operating from the Esplanade this morning

The Sunday/Bank Holiday Cardiff bus began operating from the Esplanade this morning

The return of the Sunday and Bank Holidays Cardiff Bus seafront service has been welcomed by local residents living on Penarth Esplanade and surrounding area.

The Number 91 bus service resumed today May 24th 2015 and will run until  September 27th 2015 .

The bus operates to the following timetable on Sundays and on Bank Holidays The Penarth- Cardiff timetable for the Sunday/Bank Holiday bus service

The bus timetable from Cardiff to Penarth is as follows operating from the “JQ” bus stand  on Wood Street

The  Cardiff to Peanrth timetable for the Sunday/Bank Holiday bus service

The Cardiff to Penarth timetable for the Sunday/Bank Holiday bus service

Normal Cardiff Bus fares apply for this service. Adults – £3.60 .Young Persons – £2.40 from the driver or £2.30 on iff app. Single Adults – £1.80 Young Persons – £1.30 Family tickets Day-to-go tickets – £5.

The normal Watts and Harton Bus services operate from the seafront on weekdays and Saturdays.

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PENARTH ALLOTMENT-HOLDER CALLS FOR ‘PER PERCH’ PAYMENT SYSTEM

The allotments at Cogan - one of a number of "leisure garden" areas in Penarth

The allotments at Cogan – one of a number of “leisure garden” areas in Penarth

Amongst the residents of Penarth who won’t mind in the least if Britain exits from the European Union are, it seems, the town’s council-allotment holders.

When Britain began adopting the Metric System in 1965, it was completely ignored in Penarth’s allotments – where plot-holders they just carried on measuring land in the way they always had done.

The Metric System was, however,  by no means the first measurement system to fail to catch-on in Penarth’s allotments.  The local allotment holders never got around to adopting the 19th Century Yards, Feet and Inches system of Imperial Measure either.

The land measurement system in Penarth allotments would have been familiar to mediaeval farmers

The land measurement system in Penarth allotments would have been familiar to mediaeval farmers

In Penarth, allotment land is still  measured, not in metres or in yards, but in good old-fashioned Anglo Saxon “Chains, Rods, Poles and Perches “. As everybody who went to primary school before 1965 knows, this ancient, simple and easy-to-understand  system is quite straightforward :-

  • 1 Mile = 80 Chains or 320 Rods, Poles or Perches or 1 Furlong
  • 1 Furlong =  10 Chains or 40 Rods, Poles or Perches
  • 1 Chain = 100 Links
  • 100 Links = 4 Rods, Poles or Perches
  • 1 Acre of land = 10 square Chains (the equivalent, of course, of 1 Chain X 1 Furlong)

However on one Penarth Allotment a complication has cropped up . Here  – although the plot holder has an allotment only half the size of the others –  she is still being asked to pay the same standing charges for water as the other – larger – “leisure gardens” – and has queried the charge.

Cllr Rhiannon Birch (Labour Cornerswell) admitted -light-hearte4dly - she'd rather not do the calculations

Cllr Rhiannon Birch (Labour Cornerswell) admitted -light-heartedly – she’d rather not do the calculations

Penarth Town Councillors – debating the issue –  are now considering whether to simply divide the total water charges for all the allotments on a given site by the number of perches to arrive at a “cost per perch” charge which would then be multiplied by the number of perches occupied by each plot to arrive at the charge for each plot-holder.

Cllr Rhiannon Birch (in the chair) who said it all sounded somewhat archaic told the committee to laughter that she thought the latter solution was a “really good idea – so long as I don’t have to do the calculation” .

Cllr Martin Turner (Conservative Plymouth Ward)

Cllr Martin Turner (Conservative Plymouth Ward)

Cllr Martin Turner agreed and said “I think it’s sensible to go by charge per perch “.

Cllr Philip Rapier (Labour St Augustines)  uses a cricket pitch as a yardstick.

Cllr Philip Rapier (Labour St Augustines) uses a cricket pitch as a yardstick.

Cllr Phillip Rapier agreed  saying it would be “an equitable and ingenious” solution.

He saw no difficulty in the using Perches as a measure –  pointing out (again to laughter) that a cricket pitch constituted a “Chain” –   which was all anyone needed to know.

The new “per perch” water charging system was recommended for adoption in Penarth allotments.

 

 

 

 

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PENARTH LIFEBOAT LAUNCHED TO SULLY ISLAND FALSE ALARM

The Penarth D Class lifeboat being launched last night

The Penarth D Class lifeboat being launched (file photo)

The smaller of Penarth’s two lifeboats has been launched on service tonight.

The lifeboat with a crew of three left Penarth lifeboat slipway at 22:00 tonight heading down channel.No reports have yet come back as to the nature of the emergency.

The weather is warm and the sea relatively calm – leading to speculation that the crew may have been called to Sully Island.

UPDATE: Milford Haven Coastguard confirmed last night  that the call had been to Sully Island but the alert had been a “false alarm with good intent” . A party of seven campers was staying on the Sully Island overnight but the caller – who reported seeing “flashing lights” had been concerned that they might have been cut off by the tide. In  fact they planned to overnight on the island. Penarth Coastguard was also taked to go to the scene.

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INSURANCE FIRM WON’T PAY FOR STORM DAMAGE TO PENARTH’S PAGET ROOMS

The nearest of the two green  vents  - made in 1903 - has a temporary cowl on it - pending repairs.

Since the storm the nearest of the two green vents (both made in 1903)  has had a temporary cowl on it – pending repairs.

Penarth Council tax-payers are being faced with meeting the  £4,500 cost of replacing one of the two original matching green vents on the roof of the main auditorium of the Paget Rooms.

One of the pair of vent funnels was blown off the roof by high winds on the night of January 9th this year and a temporary replacement has had to be installed.

However Penarth Town Council’s Leisure and Amenities Committee has been told that when an insurance loss adjuster examined the roof he decided that the vent (which dates back to 1904) had blown down “because of age and general weathering” and no claim could be made against the council’s insurance policy. The Town Clerk Shan Bowden confirmed to  councillors that the funnel had indeed corroded.

Cllr Anthony Ernest (Conservative Plymouth Ward)

Cllr Anthony Ernest (Conservative Plymouth Ward)

Cllr Anthony Ernest (Conservative Plymouth Ward) said as the Paget Rooms constituted a  listed building the repair had to be carried out.   There was no choice but to go ahead.

Cllr Clive Williams (Conservative Plymouth Ward)

Cllr Clive Williams (Conservative Plymouth Ward)

Cllr Clive Williams (Conservative Plymouth Ward) asked why – if it was classed as “storm damage”  – the council was not insured for it. Even it was corroded, the vent had actually  been blown down by the wind.    He thought the insurers had been “a little bit naughty” and considered that the council should have had “some sort of figure from them” . The replacement sounded expensive. The Town Clerk said the replacement would be in powder-coated  stainless steel

Cllr Ernest said he agreed with Cllr Williams and said the insurance assessor should be challenged .

Cllr Gwyn Roberts (Labour St Augustines)

Cllr Gwyn Roberts (Labour St Augustines)

Cllr Gwyn Roberts (Labour St Augustine’s) wanted to know how many vents there were and whether they too were corroded and in need of replacement.

The committee agreed there were only two vents, the other one should be checked out and there should be further discussions with the insurers .

 

 

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