PAGET ROAD PARK SKATEBOARD SCHEME IS PUT “ON HOLD “

The concrete skateboard park would be 105 ft long and almost 50 ft wide

The proposed Paget Road Park  concrete skateboard rink would be 105 ft long and almost 50 ft wide

It’s emerged that the controversial plan to convert the existing Children and Toddlers’ Play Area adjacent to Paget Road into an Adult Outdoor Gymnasium and Skateboard Park is now “on hold“.

The £156,000 proposal had been heavily criticised in a packed public meeting on November 10th 2014  – attended by Paget Road and Paget Terrace residents at the Windsor Arms pub (see PDN http://tinyurl.com/mmv5wjb).

It was established at the meeting that the council had carried out no research whatsoever into whether such a scheme was wanted or needed in the area.

Cllr Gwyn Roberts (Labour St Augustines) addresses 70 local residents in the Windsor Arms Pub. Cllr Lis Burnett (Labour St Augustines)  is on his left.

Nopvember 10th 2014 : Cllr Gwyn Roberts (Labour St Augustines) addresses 70 local residents in the Windsor Arms Pub. On the right is Cllr Lis Burnett (Labour St Augustines). Second from left is Phil Beaman Vale Council Operational Manager Parks and Grounds Maintenance. 

Now the Penarth Marina and Haven Residents’ Association is to discuss the scheme again at  its Annual General Meeting  to be held on April 15th in The New Pilot pub . The meeting’s agenda reveals that the association carried out an internal  a vote on the issue in October last year which rejected the Skateboard Park plan by 18 votes to 2.

This is the grassy area of Paget Road Park on which it was planned to install the 105 foot long concrete skateboard rink

This is the grassy area of Paget Road Park on which it was planned to install the 105 foot long concrete skateboard rink

PDN understands that the skateboard park plan is currently “on hold”  pending the development of a new project plan for the Paget Road Park area .

It’s not yet clear whether the contentious and un-wanted skateboard park will remain part of the new proposals in view of what a Vale Council source  describes as “some disquiet in the vicinty”.

The scheme was officially renamed as “Paget Road Open Space Play Facilities” in December last year.

 

 

 

 

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FIGHTER-JET “CRASHES” IN DOWN-TOWN PENARTH “TV NEWS SHOW”

Penarth Library takes a direct hit from a guided missile.... Pity just when they've repaired the clock

Too late to take that library book back now.   Penarth Library takes a direct hit from a guided missile…. Pity, just when they’ve repaired the clock too.

A YouTube sci-fi video series based in Penarth has come up with  the most spectacular special effects ever seen on the streets of the town.

The comedy web-series has now reached its eighth episode with its producers creating ever more elaborate and convincing scenes.

A helicopter crashes on the zebra crossing. Where are the Vale of Glamorgan traffic enforcement officers when you need them?

A helicopter crashes on the zebra crossing – and as usual not a single Vale traffic enforcement officer in sight.

The videos are  been  made  by “OnTheFritz” & “StreetsAhead Productions” and  produced by and stars  Fritz O’Skennick & Nigel Streeter with Nicola Rodgers, Chris Woods, Dave Robinson, Vilis Kuksa, Will Ford, Adam Foreman & Sue Marsh.

Just another normal day in Penarth Town Centre  - pedestrians have to wend their way past a crashing fighter jet and those  those bothersome puddles on the pavement

Just another normal day in Penarth Town Centre – pedestrians have to wend their way past a crashing fighter jet and those bothersome puddles on the pavement.

The latest episode – “Penarth in Paradox” features a realistic American-style Penarth TV News Show and has been produced, directed & performed by DOJO & Tonteg Films with stunts & organisation by Leah Stone, Ricky Marsh & Rob Marsh.

The full video can be seen here :https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k5eU5xH5O7U

The company has thanked a number of Penarthians who’ve played characters in the many disaster scenes. No pedestrian – or library customer – was hurt in the making of this movie.

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LABOUR & UKIP “AHEAD” IN STANWELL SCHOOL’S FIRST-EVER ELECTION HUSTINGS

UKIP's Caerphilly candidate Sam Gould chats to sixth formers after the two-hour hustings. He was the last candidate to leave.

UKIP’s Caerphilly candidate Sam Gould chats to sixth formers after the two-hour hustings. He was the last candidate to leave.

All the main parties contesting the General Election were on stage in Stanwell School’s big auditorium this afternoon in a special private “hustings” – the first of its kind to be held there.

The two-hour event was organised by the school prefects – but with the support of staff. All the main parties were represented on stage before an audience mostly consisting of sixth formers although there were a few from the lower sixth and Year Eleven.

Stanwell pupil and Vale of Glamorgan Youth Mayor Tom ....opens the hustings.

Tom Chandler (Stanwell pupil and Vale of Glamorgan Youth Mayor) opens the hustings in the school’s auditorium.(Photo Vale Youth)

On stage  as  Cardiff South and Penarth candidates were  Stephen Doughty (Labour) who stayed briefly behind later to speak to pupils, deputy leader of the Green Party in Wales, Penarth’s Anthony Slaughter and Ben Foday of Plaid Cymru.

A PDN source says Vale  of Glamorgan Conservative candidate Alun Cairns stood in for Cardiff South and Penarth Conservative candidate Emma Warman  and John Rees-Evans of UKIP was represented by the party’s Caerphilly candidate Sam Gould.  There was  also a representative from the Liberal Democrats

Each party representative gave a short address and answered questions submitted in advance on paper . No questioning from the floor were allowed  . Several questions concentrated on student-specific subjects such as university tuition fees.

As this was a private meeting PDN could not attend the hustings .  Some students said afterwards that allegations of racism had been hurled at UKIP by Labour – all of which were countered. UKIP in turn allegedly raised the issue of how Stephen Doughty had come to be selected as candidate for the 2012 by election. At the end though it seemed as though Labour and UKIP had emerged as the parties which most appeared to engage the interest of the audience – but the impression was purely subjective as no vote was taken at the end.

The politicians however would have done well not to under-estimate their young audience – as in post-debate discussion they meticulously picked-apart all the policies and performances they had heard.

They may not be able to vote yet – but this generation of sixth formers may well  turn out to be the last not to have the franchise.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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PENARTH COUNCIL GIVES £100 FOR “DEPRIVED” COMMUNITY IN CHINA

The St Cyres expedition to China has been preparing for the trip for two years

The St Cyres expedition which will be visiting a deprived community in rural China In July

A “deprived” community in Communist China (the world’s second-largest economy) is to receive £100 from the council-tax payers of Penarth.

A group of pupils from St Cyres School is to travel to China on a month-long “trip of a lifetime” in July with an organisation called “World Challenge “during which the students  will be undertaking a “project” in a “deprived rural community in China which will involve working with children and young people , teaching them English and carrying out conservation work” .

St Cyres School asked the council for a donation towards the trip. The cash will be used  –  to “benefit the host community in China in terms of purchasing supplies and equipment for local children and villagers .”  St Cyres School said that ” “Any funding the council provided would mean more of the money raised can go towards the project itself.  ”

Penarth’s Council Policy and Resources Committee has agreed to make a donation of  £100. China’s economy grew by 7.4% in 2014 .

 

 

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UKIP “FULLY BACKS” PLANS FOR TIDAL LAGOON IN FRONT OF PENARTH PIER

Nathan Hill UKIP's member for Wales of the European Parliament says the party fully backs the Cardiff Tidal Lagoon project.

Nathan Gill UKIP’s Leader in Wales  said the party “fully backs” the Cardiff Tidal Lagoon project.

The proposed Cardiff Tidal Lagoon – the 55 ft-high walls of which would be built offshore almost directly in front Penarth Pier,  Penarth Esplanade  and the sea front – is being given the full-backing of UKIP – according to its Leader in Wales Nathan Gill MEP.

In an interview on the BBC tv programme Sunday Politics yesterday Nathan Gill – referred to the controversial Cardiff Bay Tidal Lagoon scheme when he was asked  questions about “climate change”  and whether he would “take down” wind-farms in Wales.

Gill replied “Yes personally – if we could. Um –  I think we need a mix of energy solutions with what we’re seeing starting in Cardiff Bay and Swansea Bay  with the tidal lagoons are a great move forward . We fully back that.”

Although the Green Party backs the lagoon concepts in principle, and prefers lagoons to a Severn Barrage, most other political parties have not declared their support to the lagoon scheme and are awaiting detailed environmental assessments which have yet to be carried out.

The 66 turbines of the Tidal Lagoon would be nearer Penarth than anywhere else

The 66 turbines of the Tidal Lagoon would be nearer Penarth than anywhere else

The Cardiff Tidal Lagoon project – if built – may have a major and enduring effect on Penarth, its sea front, its beach and the main entrance channel into Cardiff Bay and Cardiff Docks and obstruct the view of  many of the landmarks which can currently be seen from the sea-front . Up to 90 turbines would be installed at the marked positions on the map.

The initial scoping report also indicated potential serious side-effects on angling and sailing in the area .  (See PDN reports  http://tinyurl.com/ngp2l4r,  http://tinyurl.com/qy9hjkq and  http://tinyurl.com/nwygqxk).

Pippa Bartolotti Leader of the Wales Green Party getting her elementary chemistry wrong on the BBC Sunday Politics programme

Pippa Bartolotti Leader of the Wales Green Party getting her elementary chemistry wrong on the BBC Sunday Politics programme

In the same Sunday Politics programme  Wales Green Party leader Pippa Bartolotti  told viewers that  “the CO2 – which is what is being burned  every time we burn fossil  fuels, is what goes into the atmosphere. This is heating up the planet”. She claimed this could cause “a global warming of 6 degrees”  .

PDN NOTE : In fact Ms Bartolotti mis-spoke.  CO2 (a.k.a. Carbon Dioxide) is not a combustible gas and does not burn.

Yesterday’s BBC Sunday Politics programme can be viewed on http://tinyurl.com/lbybx8q

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PENARTH’S EX-MP STEPHEN DOUGHTY RANKED “LOW” FOR REPLYING TO CONSTITUENTS

Former Cardiff South and Penarth Labour MP Stephen Doughty - is hoping to retain his seat in the House of Commons - but a by a MySociety survey indicates most constituents' messages sent to him were not answered .

Former Cardiff South and Penarth Labour MP Stephen Doughty  is fighting to be re-elected –  but a MySociety test survey indicates most constituents’ messages sent to him through  “writetothem”  in 2014 were not answered .

The results of an annual My Society survey investigating how assiduously  MPs respond to messages from their constituents,  shows that Stephen Doughty –   the former Labour MP for Cardiff S0uth and Penarth – didn’t respond to most of the messages sent to him. 

In the rankings of MP Doughty – who is the Labour candidate for Penarth in the forthcoming General Election – came in 492th an ended up in the low” category of MPs.

Doughty's position in the table of MPs was 492nd

Doughty’s 2014 position in the MySociety league table of MPs who responded to constituents was 492nd

The test was conducted during 2014 through MySociety’s WriteToThem  site which invites constituents to contact their MPs through the site and then surveys the constituents who’ve written to the MP to establish whether or not  they received a reply.

MySociety says  “Stephen Doughty is ranked at 492 out of 653 MPs for responsiveness. That rates this MP’s responsiveness as low”

In Doughty’s case, MySociety says 94 messages were sent to him by Cardiff South and Penarth constituents through WritetoThem53 constituents replied to the subsequent check survey – of which only 21 reported receiving a reply from Doughty – a result which appears to indicate that  60% of constituents’ messages elicited no response .

Alun Cairns Conservative MP for the Vale of Glamorgan

Alun Cairns former Conservative MP for the Vale of Glamorgan

In contrast neighbouring Conservative MP for the Vale of Glamorgan, Alun Cairns,  received a “very high” rating .

He responded to 25 of 30 messages submitted via WritetoThem – meaning that 83% of constituents DID receive a response .

Full details of the survey are on https://www.mysociety.org/2015/04/10/how-responsive-was-your-mp-in-2014/

The candidates contesting the Cardiff South and Penarth Parliamentary seat are :-

  • Conservative :Emma Warman
  • Green Party: Anthony Slaughter
  • Labour: Stephen Doughty
  • Liberal Democrat : Nigel Howells
  • Plaid Cymru :Ben Foday
  • Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition: Ross Saunders
  • United Kingdom Independence Party : John Rees-Evans

 

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PENARTH’S GOLDEN LION WINS CAMRA “PUB OF THE YEAR” AWARD

The award-winning pub The Golden Lion on the corner of King St and Glebe St

The award-winning pub The Golden Lion on the corner of King St and Glebe St

The Golden Lion pub on the corner of King St. and Glebe St. Penarth has been awarded the title of the Vale of Glamorgan Pub of the Year by the Campaign for Real Ale.

The pub, which is one of the longest-established in Penarth ,clinched the award for the quality of ale served,  the style of the establishment , the atmosphere, the  decoration, the service and welcome customers receive, the pub’s community focus and the overall value for money provided.

Barmaid Sophia pulls the pints that have earned The Golden Lion its enviable reputation.

Barmaid Sophia pulls the pints that have earned The Golden Lion its enviable reputation.

Although the Golden Lion serves a full range brand-name beers, it’s made a name for itself by serving  real ales on draft – pulled from the casks by a set of traditional beer-engine bar-top levers.

The CAMRA award is just the latest won by The Golden Lion

The CAMRA award is just the latest won by The Golden Lion

The latest award is by no means the first  won by The Golden Lion.

The pub has previously been highly commended in CAMRA’s “Good Beer Guide”.

The Golden Lion is run by landlord Paul Harper  and owned by J W Bassett Pubs and Bars Ltd , a company founded by Jon Bassett –  a native of Penarth.

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