It may now cost more to hop aboard a Cardiff Bus at Penarth’s town centre bus stop

Cardiff Bus is increasing a number of its fares on its network of routes – including the price of tickets from Penarth – with effect from Sunday October 29th. 

The current price of a single journey within the Cardiff and Penarth area will increase from £1:80 to £1.90.  The “short hop” fare in this area remains unchanged at £1:00.

The adult “Day To Go” fare which covers unlimited travel within the Cardiff and Penarth area will remain at £3.60 for those who purchase via the app or iff card, BUT  it will increase to £3.80 if bought on the bus.

The “Day To Go” ticket for young people aged 5-15 and 16-18, with a valid Young Persons’ iff card or My Travel Pass will remain frozen if purchased via the app or online but will rise by 10p to £2.50 if bought directly on the bus using cash.

Adult “Week To Go” fares covering unlimited travel within the Cardiff and Penarth area will rise by £1 for tickets bought directly on the bus, but will rise by 50p if bought via the app or online. For young people the Week To Go fare will rise by 40p if tickets are bought on the bus and by 10p if bought via the iff app or online.

Full details of the increases are available on-line on http://www.cardiffbus.com/english/feature-article.shtml?articleid=7605

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The alleged attack happened on the Penarth to Rhymney train  at around 16:00 hours on Friday near Pontottyn

A 42 year old man is to appear in Newport Magistrates Court tomorrow (Monday September 16th) following a stabbing incident on board a train running from Penarth to Rhymney on Friday 

After being arrested and questioned, the man has been charged with  one count of occasioning grievous bodily harm with intent –  and one count of the possession of an offensive weapon.

Another man – aged 39 –  man who was  also arrested in connection with the incident has been now been released from custody and no further action is to be taken against him.

The male victim of the alleged stabbing – who sustained serious wounds to his chest – is said to be in a stable condition in hospital.

Names of the victim and the defendant have not yet been released.

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The train runs from Penarth to Rhymney

A man in his twenties who was stabbed in the chest on the train from Penarth to Rhymney is said to be in a “stable” condition after undergoing emergency treatment for “serious injuries”.

Two men have been arrested on suspicion of causing grievous bodily harm – one of whom is also suspected of the possession of an unspecified weapon .

The incident happened on Friday at around 16:00 when the train from Penarth was  Pontlottyn station on its way to Rhymney . It’s not known where the victim or his alleged attackers boarded the train.

British Transport Police are appealing for information from anyone who may have witnessed the alleged attack.

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The Vale of Glamorgan official car – parked in a disabled slot at Tesco in Barry in August

The Vale of Glamorgan has confirmed that is has carried out an internal – and confidential  – investigation into how the council’s official Skoda saloon car  came to be parked in a disabled parking space at the Cadoxton, (Barry)  branch of Tesco Express.

The car is normally used to convey the Mayor, Deputy Mayor and senior council officers to official functions and is normally parked at the Council HQ at the Barry Civic Centre.

A council spokesperson has said  “Unauthorised parking in disabled bays is completely unacceptable and a matter the council takes extremely seriously.”

The incident, snapped by Steve Durbin –  the father of a disabled child –  is said to have happened on August 7th during the council recess  when there are few if any Mayoral engagements carried out. The Vale Council says an immediate investigation was launched as soon as the incident was brought to its attention.

The council now says that the investigation “has now been concluded and, though details of any procedure involving an individual are confidential, I can confirm action has been taken in line with the council’s disciplinary policy.” This would appear to suggest that a member of council staff may have been disciplined over the matter .

Mr Durbin –  who was unable to use the space because the Vale Council car was occupying it –  has said “Vale of Glamorgan mayoral car parked in disabled space at Tesco Express – so I, with disabled son in car, could not use it. No badge, only driver present. Set an example please Vale of Glamorgan council! Yes, there was plenty of space in car park.”

The previous Labour administration in the Vale of  Glamorgan Council laid down  the rules for the use of the Mayoral car . The Labour policy – which has not been amended by the new Conservative adminstration – was that at  the civic car is to be “used by the Mayor and the Deputy Mayor. The Mayor doesn’t drive the car himself but is driven by a chauffeur. The civic car can also be used by the Leader of the Council and the Chief Executive.”

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Penarth police are asking members of the public to help them identify these tho burglars

Penarth police are trying to identify two burglars caught on camera  in what appears to be a bike shed or bike-store.

The camera-shy criminals are wearing buttoned anoraks with hoods and appear to be brandishing mobile phones – which are often used as torches.

Although the burglary was committed on September 13th 2017 – it’s only now that South Wales Police have issued the CCTV images of the two crooks  – both of whom the police say  are “men”.

Police say “Anyone who believes they can identify either individual, or who has any information which could assist with enquiries, is asked to contact us via 101, quoting reference 1700358607″.

Meanwhile local residents in St Augustines have raised concerns about two – possibly three – youths wearing hoodies who claimed to be charity collectors. They were  calling on households after dark last night purporting to be collecting for a cancer research “charity”.

The youths were not taking any notice of “No Nuisance Callers” stickers issued to householders by South Wales Police.

The bilingual police stickers are intended to deter doorstep traders and collectors and protect vulnerable householders who may live alone and not wish to be disturbed by cold callers.

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The now vacant plot of No 14 Clinton Road, Penarth .The original 1920s house collapsed during redevelopment work. Plans  to build a new replacement house were refused and now a new plan (see inset)  for a  replacement house of different design has been submitted to the Vale of Glamorgan Council

Mr Sid Gautam  – the owner of the Clinton Road house which collapsed whilst being redeveloped last year – is to have another go at building a house on the now vacant plot.

Mr Gautam had undertaken an ambitious redevelopment of No 14 Clinton Road – a classic pre-war detached home which he was extending and remodelling and was to have featured a new subterranean basement – excavated underneath (and at the rear of) the original house.

The original No 14 Clinton Road was built in the 1920s and blended with the street scene

The basement under construction at the rear of the original house. Some of the key load-bearing parts of the old house appeared to have been held up only by pieces of 4X2 timber

In June 2016 the rear walls of the original 14 Clinton Road collapsed into excavations for a proposed basement extension, leaving the roof of the house perilously perched in mid-air – before it too collapsed

The roof of the house – left without support – then collapsed into the excavated garden  along with the rear walls and west wing

Only the front walls of No 14 Clinton Road were left standing but these too were later reduced to rubble for Health and Safety reasons a few days after the original collapse  (Photo AC Williams)

Without warning about two-thirds of the house [which appeared not to have been sufficiently well supported]  collapsed into the excavated rear garden.

Eventually Mr Gautam gave instructions for the remaining front facade of the building (which miraculously was still standing)  – to be  pulled down.

THE MARK II HOUSE: As no council permission had been given for the total demolition of the original house – and clearance of the entire site – a so-called “retrospective ” planning application was submitted to the Vale Council along to with plans for the erection of a completely new bespoke- designed house on the now-cleared site.

The proposed front and rear of the Mark II Clinton Road house .

Mr Sid Gautam is making a 3rd attempt to develop new home in Clinton Road

The Vale Council, however, refused to allow construction of this new house  –  saying it was “a poorly designed, incongruous and cramped form of development that fails to respect the existing character and appearance of the immediate surrounding area”.

Mr  Gautam appealed against the Vale Council’s decision – but the Planning Inspectorate rejected his appeal – ruling the proposed replacement house “would be unacceptably harmful to the character and appearance of the site and the locality.”

THE MARK III HOUSE: Now a second plan for a new house – built to different dimensions – has now been submitted by Mr Gautam:-

The proposed new (Mark III) house is of a modern – box like design and would have 6 bedrooms and room to park at least 4 large SUVs ( 4X4 Sports Utility Vehicles)

In this latest planning application Mr Gautam admits that the design for the previous new house had been  “subject to several objections from neighbours who raised concerns over the inappropriate design and size of the new works, with concerns that the proposal would adversely affect the character of the building itself and that of the wider area.” However, at this third attempt, Mr Gautam is clearly not expecting all the local residents will necessarily enthuse over his latest design –  and says  “somewhat similar objections are expected to be submitted with the current application.”

The rear of the proposed new house would not be visible from Clinton Road. Likle it’s predecessors it too features a basement built out into the rear garden

Mr Gautam also acknowledges  that his latest scheme  for a 6-bedroom house “would produce one of the larger properties on Clinton Road”  but that the “amenity space”  provided in the plot [ i.e the front and rear gardens and driveway] would be  63% larger than the footprint of the house itself. 

As for parking, the application states that there would be enough on-site parking in the plans to cater for “a minimum of 4 large SUV’s [sic]” – and that even more cars could be parked in the grounds if they were “smaller types”.

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Let’s you and me jump in that river” : Robert Redford and Paul Newman consider their getaway options in “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid” – the next presentation of Penarth’s new All Saints Cinema Club

After the sell-out success of its first movie, Penarth’s new All Saints Cinema Club has now scheduled another classic film for its October showing at All Saints Lesser Hall on Thursday October 19th.

This time the club is showing  – at popular request – “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid” starring Paul Newman, Robert Redford and Katharine Ross.

The movie – made in 1969 – was selected by the Library of Congress as being “culturally, historically or aesthetically significant” and included it in the United States National Film Registry. The script – written by William Goldman –  won an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay and tells the loosely true life tale of Wild West train robbers Robert LeRoy Parker (Butch) and Harry Longabaugh (Sundance) .

The featured song “Raindrops Keep Fallin’ on My Head ” by Burt Bacharach and Hal David also won an Academy Award. The doors open at All Saints on Thursday Oct 19th at 19:00 hours (7pm) and there’ll be freshly cooked pizza and wine in the intermission.

Jane McLaughlin is taking bookings on  07966882459 – but moviegoers can also book on the internet via http://www.ticketsource.com.

Meanwhile Penarth’s 4-year-old publicly-funded £1,000,000 purpose-built digital cinema at Penarth Pier Pavilion remains empty and disused  … as it has done for the last 8 months.

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