DOMINO’S PIZZA DRIVER CAUGHT-ON-CAMERA URINATING ON PENARTH HOME

The Domino's Pizza driver wearing reflective strips - appears to urinate against the wall of Mr Smith's Penarth home

After delivering a pizza the Domino’s driver – wearing reflective strips – appears to urinate against the wall of Mr Smith’s Penarth home (Photo YouTube/Daily Mail/Media Wales/Wales on Line].

A delivery driver working for Domino’s Pizza  has been caught on camera urinating on the outside wall of a customer’s house in exclusive Caversham Park, Penarth .

Local resident  Robin Smith said the driver  had just delivered his pizza and was returning to his car – placed his insulated delivery bag on the bonnet.

He was then seen walking to the site of Mr Smith’s home and was captured on video camera apparently urinating against the wall of the £450,000 property.

Mr Smith said that if it the pizza man had only told him when he called at the door that he he had been caught short he would have been invited to use the downstairs toilet in the house.  The action has led to concern about the  hygiene levels of Domino’s Pizza staff – particularly  as they’re all handling food items.

The sequence of events can be followed by pressing the Play arrow .( Pictures courtesy of Daily Mail/ Media Wales / You Tube)

A spokeperson for Domino’s said the driver in question had now been suspended pending an investigation and said such behaviour was “clearly wholly unacceptable”.

Domino’s have apologised unreservedly to Mr Smith, will be sending him compensation as a gesture of goodwill  – and have offered to clean the outside wall of his house .

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PENARTH AM ANDREW R T DAVIES VISITS SULLY ROAD CRASH SCENE

Conservative Leader Andrew R T Davies (centre) with Sully Conservatives Chris Thorne and Rod Thomas

Conservative Leader Andrew R T Davies (centre) with Sully Conservatives Chris Thorne and Rod Thomas

Penarth Conservative Assembly Member Andrew R T Davies is writing to South Wales Police and to the Vale of Glamorgan Council asking them to consider “all measures” to improve safety on Sully Road .

Mr Davies – who’s the leader of the Conservatives in Welsh Assembly – yesterday visited the accident site with Conservative colleagues Chris Thorne and Rod Thomas to see the road  for himself.

This car overturned on Sully Road on Friday

This car overturned on Sully Road on Friday

The move follows Friday’s accident in which a car overturned on Sully Road – a route – which is being used by an increasing volume of traffic but is actually  little more than a winding, narrow, country lane with a succession of hazardous blind bends.

The lane, which connects Sully to the Merrie Harrier junction in Penarth and is used by many parents on the school run.

Andrew R T Davies said he and his colleagues had been “inundated with comments from people in the area” all of whom had  expressed concern over Sully Road. He said  “At present there are clearly some significant issues and it is in everyone’s interests to act swiftly to ensure no one ends up being seriously hurt.”

Stephen Katchi's petition has already attracted 327 signatures

Stephen Katchi’s petition has already attracted 327 signatures

One constituent – Stephen Katchi – has set up a petition for the local community to sign and express their concern – https://www.change.org/p/vale-of-glamorgan-council-make-sully-road-lane-safer-prevent-more-accidents/share?after_sign_exp=default&just_signed=true

Andrew RT Davies AM and local Conservatives – Chris Thorne and Rod Thomas – have called on the Vale of Glamorgan Council to take urgent action on Sully Road after a recent spate of accidents.

Penarth AM and Welsh Conservative Leader Andrew R T Davies

Penarth AM and Welsh Conservative Leader Andrew R T Davies

He said “The recent spate of accidents on Sully Road is a serious concern for the local community and with traffic only set to increase it is vital the Vale of Glamorgan Council takes urgent action to improve the safety of the road. Sully’s strong community spirit has always been evident and this latest petition is once again a sign of residents taking issues into their own hands and demanding action – but it is important the council listens and makes some substantial safety improvements. It is not just one incident and it is clear that the road is becoming an accident hotspot. The Vale Council must explore all measures available to it to ensure the road is made safe again.”

Chris Thorne and Rod Thomas of Sully Conservatives, said: “Reports of accidents on Sully Road are increasing tenfold of late and it is incumbent on the Vale Council to protect local residents and road users. All measures should be explored including lowering the speed limit and the addition of traffic calming measures before it is too late and someone pays the ultimate price.”

 

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PENARTH’S FORMER “ECLIPSE” / “CLUB 220” NIGHT-CLUB IS TO RE-OPEN

The eclpse Nightclub Club - latterly known as Club 220 is to re-open the weekend after next.

The former Eclipse Nightclub  – latterly known as Club 220 –  closed in 2015 . It’s now been announced that the club is to re-open the weekend after next under new management

The former “Eclipse Nightclub” (a.k.a. Club 220)   in Penarth Town Centre above Costa Coffee in Windsor Road  is to re-open.

Mr Naz Mohammed has announced that he is now the new owner of the club and plans to re-open it in time for the Scotland v Wales match the weekend after next (February 25th).

The club – the only nightclub in Penarth –  has been out of action ever since Club 220 – the successor to The Eclipse  – abruptly closed in June 2015.

Mr Mohammad says the club is “absolutely beautiful” and has been “done out to a very high standard.” He has a licence to operate until 02:00 am  and will be bringing in experienced manager Martyn James to oversee the operation.

The Eclipse night club sign was once a familiar feature of Windsor Road Penarth

The Eclipse night club sign was once a familiar feature of Windsor Road Penarth

IMG_1744In its prior incarnation the club was called Eclipse – and before that was known as “Tel’s”

 

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PENARTH TOWN COUNCIL ANNOUNCES 2017 “OUSTANDING CITIZEN” AWARDS

The Mayor of Penarth Cllr Mike Cuddy presented the awards to Mrs Julie Spencer (Left) Mike Spencer (Centre) and local street-cleaning operative Rick Mountjoy (right)

The Mayor of Penarth Cllr Mike Cuddy presented the awards to Mrs Julie Spencer (left) Mike Spencer (centre) and local street-cleaning operative Rick Mountjoy (right)

Local cobblers and shoe-repair specialists Michael and Julie Spencer of “Spencers” leather shop in Windsor Terrace  – and town street-cleaner Rick Mountjoy – have been jointly awarded the title of Penarth’s Outstanding Citizen 2017.

The awards are the result of unsolicited nominations submitted  by members of the public and are made in recognition of outstanding public service to the town and to the community at large.

The award is being made on an annual basis

 

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VALE ‘CABINET’ TO CONSIDER COUNCIL COMMITTEE BAN ON “NON-BELIEVERS”

The Vale of Glamorgan Council's religious advisory committee voted to refuse to allow Humanist Kathy Riddick to join them

The Vale of Glamorgan Council’s religious advisory committee “SACRE” voted to refuse to allow Humanist and non-believer Kathy Riddick to join them – but that vote now has to be approved by the Vale Council’s ‘cabinet’

The Vale of Glamorgan Council’s ruling ‘cabinet’ is going to have to decide whether to over-rule a vote by its religious advisory committee – the so-called “SACRE” –    to bar ‘non-believers’ from taking part in its proceedings.

 Cllr Gwyn John Llantwit First Independents is a member of the Vale 'cabinet' and SACRE

Cllr Gwyn John (Llantwit First Independent) is a member of the Vale ‘cabinet’ and SACRE

‘SACRE’ is an acronym for the “Standing Advisory Council for Religious Education” and has representatives on it from the Church in Wales, Free Churches, the Bahâ’í Faith, Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam (Muslims), Judaism and Sikhism and advises the Vale of Glamorgan Council on religious education in local schools.

The committee – set up under the UK Education Act of 1996 – has no representative on it of people who have no religious belief – even though 40% of the population of Wales declare themselves to be in that category .

It’s now emerged that “SACRE” members have voted against having a Humanist representative –  Kathy Riddick – become a representative member of SACRE in the  Vale of Glamorgan. 

The minutes of the SACRE meeting say that Kathy Riddick’s application was discussed but that “Consensus could not be reached” and her application went to a vote . The vote (the numbers are not declared) went against her and her application was declined.

However that decision can’t be taken by SACRE in isolation and the move to keep the non-believers at bay has now to be ratified by the Vale of Glamorgan Council’s ruling ‘cabinet’ .

PDN Note: The Vale of Glamorgan Council’s internal report defines Humanists as  a movement which “trusts to the scientific method when it comes to understanding how the universe works and rejects the idea of the supernatural, makes their ethical decisions based on reason, empathy, and a concern for human beings and other sentient animals, believes that – in the absence of an afterlife and any discernible purpose to the universe – human beings can act to give their own lives meaning by seeking happiness in this life and helping others to do the same.”

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MONEY BUDGETED FOR PENARTH PIER IS ALLOCATED TO DINAS POWYS BRIDGE

The repair work to the supporting beams holding up the boardwalk of Penarth Pier is still under way

Penarth Pier this morning. The repair work to the supporting beams holding up the boardwalk of Penarth Pier is still under way – but some money allocated to the project is to be spent elsewhere

The Vale of Glamorgan Council’s ruling ‘cabinet’ is to transfer part of the budget set aside for vital work on the supports of Penarth Pier  to the council’s £550,000 scheme to repair the Cross Common Road Bridge in Dinas Powys.

The work replace several of the wooden beams which support the planking of Penarth Pier was originally to continue for several weeks – probably months –  and is being carried out by the Vale of Glamorgan Council’s own direct labour force .

Scores of the beams supporting the pier planking are rotten

Rot has been discovered in at least 40 of the beams supporting Penarth Pier’s planking

The problems with the joists originally came to light when some of the planks began to lift up out of alignment  – pushed up by rot which had begun in the joists below .

About 40 faulty beams have been  discovered so far in a painstaking process which involves drilling into the timber of each beam to extract core samples which will show whether or not the beam is rotten. More are likely to come to light as the work continues. Each beam reaches just over half way across the width of the pier .

Vale of Glamorgan Council workmen bring in sheets of plywood to cover areas where the planking of the pier is being removed to access the beams below.

Vale of Glamorgan Council workmen bring in sheets of plywood to cover areas where the planking of the pier is being removed to access the beams below. (NN file photo)

The top-planking is now being progressively stripped-off in stages – with each plank being individually numbered so that it can be screwed back in its original place once the affected beam – or beams –  beneath have been removed and replaced.

Some observers say the Vale of Glamorgan Council should have replaced all the beams when the planks –  on which they rest, were replaced – but that wasn’t done.

However – although the work on Penarth Pier is by no means complete –  the Vale Council now claims that there has been an “underspend” of  £11,000 on the project  – and therefore this “underspend” is to be “vired” to a £550,000 Vale of Glamorgan Council scheme to repair Cross Common Road Bridge, which spans the Cadoxton river that runs through the village.

Dinas Powys sources say the Cross Common Bridge has, in fact, already been demolished and the costs of buil;ding a replacement are actually being met by a Welsh Government grant .  The derelict St Paul's Church - former home of Penarth Boxing Club was closed on health and safety grounds in 2011

The derelict St Paul’s Church – former home of Penarth Boxing Club was closed on health and safety grounds in 2011 . 5 years later the Vale of Glamorgan Council still not been able to bring it back into public use

Meanwhile the Vale Council is continuing to “carry forward” on its books an unspent budget of £233,000 for the redevelopment of Penarth’s St Paul’s Church in Arcot Street.

Despite promises made in the election campaign of 2012  – and a public referendum which called for the premises to be made available to Penarth Amateur Boxing Club – the  Vale’s Labour administration has made no progress at all over the last 5 years in  either renovating St Paul’s or finding a tenant to lease it.

An internal council report says that “The way forward for the property is being determined and a report updating nembers will be brought to cabinet in the near future”.

The Public Inquiry into the Vale of Glamorgan's Local Development Plan has been taking place at the Vale Council's Barry Dock offices

Thieves have stripped lead from the Vale of Glamorgan Council’s Barry Dock offices

Meanwhile the report also reveals that lead has been stolen from the Vale of Glamorgan Council’s offices in Barry Docks . The theft has now delayed work on an £80,000 repair scheme for the premises.

 

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BIZWATCH: BREAKFAST WITH WINE FOR PENARTH RAIL COMMUTERS

The "Ty Gwin" Wine Lounge in Royal Buildings used to be The Pheasantry - and before that Sadlers.

The “Ty Gwin” Wine Lounge in Royal Buildings used to be The Pheasantry – and before that Sadlers.

The popular wine lounge “Tŷ Gwin” on Victoria Road overlooking Station Approach has applied for an extension of its existing licence to enable it to open at 08:00 in the morning.

“Tŷ Gwin” – which means “Wine House”  in Welsh – was opened last year by two Portuguese dentists – Joao Ferreira and Pedro Fonseca –  both of whom have their practices in Wales .

Ty Gwin is applying to open for business at 08:00 am

Ty Gwin is applying to open for business at 08:00 am

Many of the wines served on the premises  come from Portugal – including some from Joao’s own famous  family vineyard Quinta de Gadaires in the Douro Valley. The wine-lounge  premises will be remembered by many Penarthians as once having been Sadler’s the well-remembered poulterers and fishmongers and, more recently The Pheasantry wine bar.

The proprietors have made an application seeking to supply extend their hours of opening so as to start at 08:00. Ty Gwin also wants to be able to sell alcohol for consumption off the premises.

Deputy Town Clerk of Penarth Keri Hutchings

Deputy Town Clerk of Penarth Keri Hutchings

Penarth Town Council’s Deputy Town Clerk Keri Hutchings, told members of Penarth Town Council’s Leisure and Amenities Committee that it would be also necessary to get approval for such an extension from  the Vale of Glamorgan Council licensing department and from the emergency services, police, fire service and local residents.

Cllr Gwyn Roberts (Labour St Augustines), moved that council officers should gather further the information.

Penarth Town Cllr Anthony Ernest (Conservative Plymouth Ward) is to stand for Plymouth Ward as an Indepepdent candiate for election to the Vale of Glamorgan Counci

Penarth Town Cllr Anthony Ernest (Conservative Plymouth Ward)

Cllr Anthony Ernest ( Conservative Plymouth Ward) said that he was not particularly happy that Tŷ Gwin should start off-licence sales from 08:00 in the morning . He said “I think that is an unreasonable hour”   He thought a 09:00 start would be better and submitted an objection to the proposed 08:00 start. Cllr Ernest pointed out that there were local residents living in apartments immediately above the premises.

Cllr Neil Thomas (Labour Cornerswell)

Cllr Neil Thomas (Labour Cornerswell)

The acting chairman Cllr Neil Thomas (Labour Cornerswell) said the committee appeared to be agreed that Tŷ Gwin’s application to start at 08:00 was “too early” and the committee also wanted more information  – but it was pointed out that other off-licence premises were already open at 08:00 and that it might be Tŷ Gwin’s intention to serve breakfasts

It was then agreed to “express concern” – but to leave the final decision to Vale of Glamorgan Council officers in the council’s licensing department.

 

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