PENARTH FIREFIGHTERS SAVE KITTEN TRAPPED INSIDE WHEEL

Penarth Fire engine

Penarth Fire engine

South Wales Fire and Rescue report this morning that the Penarth crew undertook a tricky rescue yesterday of a kitten trapped inside a “wheel hub” in Glebe St

The crew had to work for over an hour to release a kitten which had somehow got itself inside the hub cap and couldn’t get out

The fire crew reported all was well in the end – but they were just a little “tyred” afterwards. The kitten – on the other hand – was perfectly alright .

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50-FOOT TREE CRASHES DOWN NEAR PENARTH’S ST AUGUSTINE’S CHURCH

The huge tree has fallen across Church Place North and St Augustine's Crescent is also now closed

The huge tree has fallen across Church Place North and St Augustine’s Crescent is also now closed

All traffic – including buses – is being diverted  from Church Place North and the upper part of St Augustine’s Crescent today following the collapse of a half of a huge fir-tree.

The tree is rooted in the “triangle” – an area of undeveloped land owned by Penarth Town Council  adjacent to Church Place North . Two massively tall trunks –  both 50 feet high – had grown from the common root.

It will take several hours to remove the fallen tree and all its branches. The second trunk growing from the same root will also have to be felled

It will take several hours to remove the fallen tree and all its branches. The second trunk growing from the same root will also have to be felled

One of those trunks had rotted at its base and it had crashed down across the road at 08:30 this morning – with its upper branches in the St Augustines churchyard.

Local residents say they heard a noise like fire-crackers going off as the base of the tree gave way and the huge trunk crashed down onto the road .

The Mercedes car miraculously survived without a scratch despite being parked within inches of where the tree came down

This Mercedes car miraculously survived without a scratch despite being parked within inches of where the tree came down (Photo Will Havard)

A parked Mercedes saloon came within inches of being crushed by the tree as it toppled down onto Church Place North- but miraculously survived without a scratch. The collapsing tree, also narrowly missed a shipping container being used as a builders’ store by contractors carrying out work on nearby houses

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The “twin-trunk” of the tree was left  still standing – but it too has now been  felled – removing a hazard for St Augustine’s Crescent

There was no warning as the tree gave way and there were no unusually strong winds but the wet weather may have made  made the ground less stable .

Tree surgeons are now on the scene to cut up the fallen trunk but the most urgent task was to  fell the  other 50 foot twin-trunk in case that too has been weakened.

The danger of this second tree collapsing was  the main reason that traffic has been diverted this morning.

Until road signs were erected later this morning workmen were having to wave down buses by hand and advise them not to use St Augustine’s Crescent because of the imminent danger of collapse of the second trunk.

The snapped base of the trunk appeared to have rotted through

The snapped base of the trunk appeared to have rotted through

Had that trunk fallen in the opposite direction it could have hit houses on the other side of the St Augustines Crescent .

The route also forms part of the Wales Coast Path and walkers on the route this morning were being advised to keep clear until the “twin trunk” had been brought down .

UPDATE

Later in the day tree surgeons safely felled the twin trunk of the tree which was left still standing when the other tree collapsed. That tree trunk has been left lying full length along the grass of the “triangle” .

The removal of this hazard meant that St Augustines Crescent could be opened again to traffic this afternoon

Meanwhile Church Place North fremained closed overnight and the tree which collapsed this morning has yet to be removed

Contractors called in to deal with the problem are waiting for heavy equipment to arrive to bring down the second tree and clear the first

Contractors called in to deal with the problem waiting for heavy equipment to arrive to bring down the second tree and clear the first

Teams from JV Tree Services and  Tree-Tops tree contractors will be on the scene again tomorrow morning

The trees in this area are amongst the oldest in Penarth and the fir-tree which collapsed this morning was over 100 years old.

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20-MPH SPEED-LIMIT TRIAL STARTS IN LLANDOUGH NEXT MONTH

20 MPH signage is to be installed in Penlan Road Llandough next week . The new speed limit comes into force on August 3rd.

20 MPH signage is to be installed in Penlan Road Llandough next week . The new speed limit comes into force on August 3rd.

An experimental 20 MPH speed-limit is to be brought in on a trial basis in Llandough, near Penarth,  on Monday August 3rd.

The new limit will apply along Penlan Road – the main road through the village – and follows a consultation and requests from local residents and community groups.

20 mph cThe scheme will be monitored for 6 months during which the Vale of Glamorgan Council says residents will “have the opportunity to have their say as to whether the trial should be made permanent or not”.

A similar proposal for a 20 mph limit in Penarth was comprehensively rejected in a Vale of Glamorgan Council consultation in 2013.

The speed limit signage and road markings will be installed in Llandough next week. No road humps or “speed tables” will be installed .

Llandough ward Councillor Kate Edmunds says : “The speed of traffic in Llandough has long been a major concern of residents and I would urge as many of them as possible to feed their comments back to the Council on this initiative.”

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BACK TO THE 1940s FOR RESIDENTS AT PENARTH’S WAVERLEY CARE CENTRE

Reviving memories of 70 years ago - staff in costume and residents at the Waverly Care Cwentre in Penarth

Reviving memories of 70 years ago – staff in costume and residents at the Waverley Care Centre in Penarth

Last night there were WW2 Land Army girls, soldiers, airmen and Red Cross nurses waiting at table at a special dinner for residents at Penarth’s Waverley Care Centre, Penarth .

The “WW2 dining experience” was  part of a competition involving care homes from all over Britain with Waverley Care Centre activity-officers  dressed-up in typical uniforms of the period. The diners too wore contemporary fashions.

Organised by the National Activity Providers Association (a British charity promoting high-quality activity provision for older people) and Unilever PLC, the competition is based on the creation of a fine-dining experience by residents.

The table centrepiece of the 1940's dining experience

The table centrepiece of the 1940’s dining experience was created at a demonstration for residents at the Waverley Care Centre by Penarth Florists and donated for the occasion.

The challenge involved residents, staff and members of the local community and growing and producing their own produce, creating a theme for the experience, planning the authentic WW2 menu and staging last night’s slap-up meal for ten. The guests including Linda Owens, lady captain of Glamorganshire Golf Club and Dianne Digweed, chair of the board of governors at Westbourne House School.

The Waverley Care Centre’s Peni Malson said the object of the competition was  to involve those in care, the care home staff and members of the community in a pleasurable project. All the ingredients for the meal were “begged borrowed or stolen”. Donations had come from a variety of local businesses and from Marks and Spencers and Sainsbury’s  .

Red Cross nurse - Sue ............. pours the aperitifs before the start of last night's special home-grown 1940s meal

“Red Cross nurse” -Peni Malson of the Waverley Care Centre pours the aperitifs for the guests before the start of last night’s special home-grown 1940s meal . Amongst the guests was Linda Owens lady captain of the Glamorganshire Golf Club (right)  

The three months of preparation for last night’s fine-dining experience – including growing and preparing the food – has involved most of the residents and for those who lived throught the 1940s has helped bring many fading memories back into focus.

Behind  unassuming main entrance of the Waverley Care Centre is one of Penarth's largest employers

Behind unassuming main entrance of the Waverley Care Centre is one of Penarth’s largest employers

The low-profile Waverley Care Centre –  on the corner of Raisdale Road and Plymouth Road – is one of Penarth’s largest employers . Its recently refurbished Sea View unit is spread over six floors with a large lounge /dining room on each floor. It caters for 120 people with a variety of medical conditions – including Alzheimers –  with ages ranging from 50 to over 100. It received an excellent report by the  Care and Social Services Inspectorate Wales when inspected last year.

Photographs and full descriptions of the preparations and results of the fine dining experience will be submitted to the NAPA and Unilever judges. There are cash prizes for each of the six elements of the experience and a grand prize to the overall winner of the competition.

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“ARE YOU GOING TO TAKE A 10% PAY RISE?” – CONSTITUENTS ASK DOUGHTY

On May 20th Stephen Doughty was amongst a queue of MPs waiting to be sworn in . Without this formality they would not be able to collect their newly-increased salaries. Doughty is to donate his salary increase to local charities.

On May 20th Stephen Doughty (second from right) was amongst a queue of MPs waiting to be sworn in . Without this formality they would not be able to collect their newly-increased salaries. Doughty is to donate his salary increase to local charities.

Stephen Doughty the Labour MP for Cardiff South and Penarth has said today that a “number of constituents” have asked him whether he will be accepting the 10% pay rise to which MPs became entitled at the start of the new session of Parliament in May 

Writing in his weekly column in the Penarth Times today, Doughty says “My position remains the same as I stated publicly when this was mooted in 2013. I think it is totally inappropriate, because decisions about MPs’ pay should be taken in light of the economic realities facing workers across the UK who will be receiving little or no pay rise this year. I will take only the equivalent public sector percentage pay rise, and donate the difference to local charities.”

The issue had been raised originally with the MP by Penarth Daily News on December 9th 2013 when it first emerged that MPs’ pay would increase to £74,000 (not including expenses) following the 2015 General Election.

In 2013 Doughty had said then what he has now re-confirmed – i.e that he will donate the difference to local charities – but he has not, as yet, specified which charities will receive his donations.

In 2013 he had also attacked IPSA, the independent body that sets MPs’ pay, saying that IPSA  “appears to be totally out of touch and I seriously question their judgement in even making these proposals.”

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PENARTH GLAZIER FELL TO HIS DEATH THROUGH MISSING ROOF PANEL

Debenhams store in Exeter where the accident occurred in 2011

Debenhams store in Exeter where the accident occurred in 2011

Exeter Crown Court has been told how a 60-year-old Penarth man, Phillip Evans,  fell 20 feet to his death at Debenham’s Store in Exeter whilst working on a glass roof-canopy with a missing pane in it.

The court heard that Mr Evans – who worked for a Cardiff company, London Fenestration Ltd – had  been issued with a safety harness but that his supervisors had “ignored” advice to install scaffolding and there was therefore nowhere for him to clip-on his harness.

A photograph taken by the Health and Safety Executive on the night of he accident shows the gap in the overhead canopy where a pane of glass was missing,.

A photograph taken by the Health and Safety Executive on the night of the accident shows the gap in the overhead canopy where a pane of glass was missing,.

The accident happened  on the night of November 9th  2011.  Mr Evans’s employers, London Fenestration Ltd (LFT)  were subcontractors on the project and have since gone into liquidation. They received a nominal fine of £10 –  but Judge Francis Gilbert QC said they would have received a £200,000 fine if they had been able to pay it.

The main contractors Sir Robert McAlpine Ltd admitting failing to conduct a safe environment for working at height and were fined £200,000 with £17,790 costs .The judge said there were “serious failings”  by both companies.

Judge Gilbert said that although advised by a specialist to use scaffolding, the contractors had used a hydraulic platform instead. This required one of the two workers to stand on the canopy itself whilst the other worked from the hydraulic platform.

The work was being done at night. The court heard that Mr Evans was moving across the roof  towards an elevating hydraulic platform which was to return him to ground level but had “forgotten” there was a missing panel in the roof and fell through it.

The court heard that both workers knew about the missing panel and had been passing tools through the aperture. However, at 21:18 on that November night Mr Evans had fallen through it as he made his way back to the hydraulic platform. The accident was recorded on CCTV.

Evidence was heard that  Mr Evans was very experienced and was known as a safe and responsible operator .  McAlpine carried out an immediate safety review at all their sites after the accident.

Sir Robert McAlpine Ltd has issued a formal statement offering “sincere condolences and heartfelt sympathy to the family of Mr Evans”.

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‘ENCHANTED’ SHOP SHOULD NOT BECOME A HOME – SAYS PENARTH COUNCIL

The shopfront at 23 Glebe St  as it looks this week

No longer a “dream destination”. The front of the former “Enchanted” shop at 23 Glebe St as it looks now

An application for “change of use” of retail premises in Glebe Street into a dwelling is being opposed by Penarth Town Council’s planning committee.

The premises at 23 Glebe St were formerly known as the “Enchanted” shop – with the tag line above the door saying “Every girl’s dream destination”

The shop was once "Every girl's dream destination"

The shop was once “Every girl’s dream destination”

The owners now want to convert the retail shop into a three-bedroom dwelling – but Penarth councillors aren’t happy about the idea.

The Town Clerk Shan Bowden told the planning commitee there is no staircase to the upper floor of the building . If approved, the scheme would replace the existing storefront with a residential style window and door, modernise the premises –  and install a staircase.

Cllr Gwyn Roberts (Labour St Augustines)

Cllr Gwyn Roberts (Labour St Augustines)

Cllr Gwyn Roberts (Labour St Augustines) said that particular part of the street was still predominantly a retail area and he said he would be “a bit loath to lose retail space in the town centre “. Penarth, he said, had just had its benchmarking survey and there was quite a demand for retail premises. he said the council should be trying to retain as much retail space as possible.

Cllr Clive Williams (Conservative Plymouth Ward)

Cllr Clive Williams (Conservative Plymouth Ward)

Cllr Clive Williams (Conservative Plymouth Ward) said “Glebe St to me means shopping” and he would not be happy with losing a retail unit for domestic use.

Cllr Anthony Ernest (Conservative Plymouth Ward)

Cllr Anthony Ernest (Conservative Plymouth Ward)

Cllr Anthony Ernest (Conservative Plymouth Ward) thought the issue in a town like this is that the high-street rental levels in Windsor Road are “ pretty substantial”    and a number of small businesses had left this area to move to lower cost premises. He said Glebe St and so on  provide shopping with lower rentals which perhaps are “slightly more affordable for  prospective shopkeepers or businesses” . Cllr Ernest thought these retail units should be retained and not allowed to be come residential because “once they’re gone, they’re gone”  .

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

The chairman Cllr Neil Thomas (Labour Cornerswell) said sadly it was not just Windsor Road where rental levels had risen . “There is an awful lot of money being made by somebody” he said.

Cllr Philip Rapier (Labour St Augustines)

Cllr Philip Rapier (Labour St Augustines)

Cllr Philip Rapier (Labour St Augustines) agreed –  saying Penarth Council and the Vale of Glamorgan COuncil had been “very generous with Windsor Road and the new restaurant type businesses”. He had said at the time that if the council permitted these new businesses into Windsor Road  it would be possible to generate further retail uses of the “secondary thoroughfares”. He thought it should be left to the “lead authority” (the Vale of Glamorgan Council) to make the decision but he thought affordable retail units should not be lost to the town.

The council will now tell the Vale of Glamorgan Council it would not wish to see 23 Glebe Street converted into a three bedroom dwelling. The Vale Council will make the final decision.

The first 89 properties in Glebe St were built between  1851 and 1861.

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