17% OF 4-5 YEAR-OLDS IN VALE OF GLAMORGAN ARE OVERWEIGHT OR OBESE

The best (white) areas are in the rural parts of the Vale of Glamrogan . The worst area is in Barry - which is as bad as the most deprived areas in the country. Measurements for Penarth and Sully are similar - but some North East parts of Penarth also have good figures. The worst area in the Vale is in Barry Wales Percentage of children who are obese Cardiff and Vale University Health Board MSOAs . Child Measurement Programme for Wales , 2012-13 and 2014-15

The darker the blue the worse the problem.The best (white) areas are in the rural parts of the Vale of Glamorgan . The worst area is in Barry – which is as bad as the most deprived areas in the country. Measurements for Penarth and Sully are similar – but some North East parts of Penarth also have good figures. The worst area in the Vale is in Barry Wales (Percentage of children who are obese Cardiff and Vale University Health Board MSOAs . Child Measurement Programme for Wales , 2012-13 and 2014-15)

Public Health Wales statistics show that 17% of  children in the Vale of Glamorgan  aged between 4 and 5 years are either overweight or obese.

The worst area in the Vale of Glamorgan for childhood obesity is Barry and the best areas are in the rural parts of the Vale of Glamorgan (the white areas on the map).

Penarth and Sully have comparatively low rates of obesity amongst 4-5 year olds with North East Penarth being comparable with rates in the healthy rural areas.

The figures come from the Child Measurement Programme for Wales 2015/15 which weighted and tested 30,000 children throughout the country

The figures for Wales as a whole present a significant challenge for the Labour-run Welsh Government which has been responsible for public health in Wales for 17 years . Across the country, 26.2% of Welsh children are classed as  overweight or obese, compared to 21.9% in England in this age group.

In a press release, the Cardiff and Vale University Health Board is spinning the statistics as good news  and even gone as far as to claim that ‘Health professionals in the Vale of Glamorgan are welcoming the figures from Public Health Wales’  and trumpeting that  “Vale of Glamorgan has the lowest childhood obesity rate in Wales ” –  but in fact a 17% rate of childhood overweight/obesity is a significant health problem with potential long-term implications.

The child obesity rate in Barry is every bit as bad as in some of the most deprived areas of of the country . The Cardiff and Vale University Health Board says “ We know that deprived areas have higher rates of obesity and we aim to give every child the opportunity for a happy and healthy childhood and, in turn, a happy and healthy future.”

 

 

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CHILD-CARE “WARM & WELCOMING” AT BETHEL, PLASSEY ST – SAY INSPECTORS

The infants' playgroup group is held in one of the rooms within Bethel Chapel

The infants’ playgroup group is held in one of the rooms within Bethel Chapel

The Welsh-language child-care nursery “Cylch Meithrin Bethel”  – at Bethel Chapel in Plassey St is “particularly warm and welcoming” according to inspectors of the Welsh care watchdog – the Care and Social Services Inspectorate Wales (CSSIW).

The inspectors called there – unannounced – in March and have published their report on the nursery this month.

The Bethel Nursery operates Monday to Friday from 0915 to 11:45

The Bethel Nursery operates Monday to Friday from 0915 to 11:45

“Cylch Meithrin Bethel” is described as a Welsh language, sessional child care provision which care for up to 18 children between the ages of two-and-a-half and 5 years of age and operates from 9.15am to 11.45am.

Following a previous inspection, the nursery has “reviewed and improved criminal records checks via the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) are in place for all staff members”

The nursery has recently purchased new outdoor play equipment for children equipment and it’s also noted that “plates are provided for children to eat their snack off”

The CSSIW report just published on Cylch Meithrin Bethel

The CSSIW report just published on Cylch Meithrin Bethel

The inspectors recommend that the nursery produces a “more detailed quality of care report” which should “include the views of parents and children”.The CSSIW team found that “the children’s needs were at the centre of the service.They benefitted from a warm and respectful approach and were generally engaged in activities of their choosing along with structured play and learning.”

Children have a “well organised” activities in which they can get involved including “ a toy kitchen, building blocks and a tent tunnel.”  There are also structured activities such as games, cookery and singing .

Children who prefer to read a book on their own were joined by a member of staff who read with them m, asked appropriate questions such as “Beth sy’n digwydd nawr `te?” (“What’s happening now then?“) .Staff are also said encourage learning in a relaxed way by talking to the children about colours, shapes and letters, such as “Pwy sy’n gallu ffeindio seren ddisglair ar y wal?” (Who can find a shiny star on the wall?). [PDN Note: The dialogue quoted is in “South Walian Welsh”]

The CSSIW say the children are “Children are active, positively occupied and stimulated. They are able to explore the world around them and extend their learning from indoor to outdoor by utilising the outside space.”

Th nursery also “keeps regular communication with parents via conversations, termly newsletters and a recently developed Facebook page. “

The last time food hygiene was inspected at Cylch Meithrin Bethel - it scored poorly

The last time food hygiene was inspected at Cylch Meithrin Bethel – it scored poorly

The CSSIW report makes no mention of the findings of the most recent Vale of Glamorgan Council / Food Standards Agency Inspection carried out at the nursery in September 2014 which gave the nursery a food hygiene rating of only 1 (the lowest mark is zero) .

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ENFORCEMENT INVESTIGATION LAUNCHED ON £1 MILLION PENARTH HOME

After unauthorised buiding work the front of the Edwardian villa Monkton House is being restored to its original appearance - minus front dormer

After unauthorised building work last year the front of the Edwardian villa Monkton House was  restored to its original appearance – minus a front dormer window which had been installed

The Vale of Glamorgan Council’s planning department has now launched an Enforcement Contravention investigation into the redevelopment of  Monkton House – a large semi-detached Edwardian dwelling at the junction of Holmesdale Place and Marine Parade, within the Penarth Conservation Area.

The enforcement notification alleges the latest adaptations to the house have not been built “in accordance” [with planning permission] and an attached condition “is not discharged”.

It’s understood that the owner, Mr Steve Simpson, had originally bought the property without a preliminary survey but then found it needed considerable work. Redevelopment work was originally started on the property on November 11th 2015 to install large front and rear dormer windows – but without planning permission having been obtained.

A month after work had begun, a retrospective planning application was submitted to the Vale of Glamorgan Council by Mr Simpson in association with John Wotton Architects – both of whom   are also involved in the development of the Gardenhurst property across the way.

The controversial new rear dormer of Monkton House - was subsequently reduced in size

The controversial new rear dormer of Monkton House – was subsequently reduced in size

The new rear dormer window was reduced in size

The new rear dormer window was reduced in size

The proposed new frotn dormer window on Monkton House would - and in fact does - overlook Marine Parade.

The controversial front dormer window of  Monkton House overlooked Marine Parade and was removed following objections .

However the retrospective planning application was not well received by Penarth Town Council’s planning committee . It concluded that the application should be refused “as dormers as constructed are too large and visually intrusive detrimental  to the appearance of the dwelling in this conservation area at a prominent highway intersection”

Five local residents objected to the developments and, in particular, to the size of the new dormer windows.

As a result amended plans were submitted to the Vale Council on 25th February 2016  – omitting the [then already built] front dormer, reducing the size of the [already built] rear dormer, reducing the size and number of rooflights – and putting a new rooflight in the front roof plane.

The property as it is today - almost back to how it looked originally

The property as it is today – almost back to how it looked originally

The new plans were approved in March this year – subject to a number of conditions which had to be complied with -including a requirement that the rooflights could not be capable of being opened upwards – to project above the roofline .

An Enforcement Contravention investigation of the property will now take place .

 

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PENARTH’S ‘EVENT CINEMA’ FAILS TO BOOST PAGET ROOMS INCOME

The "Event Cinema" at Penarth's Paget Rooms has yet to prove its the profit generator councillors predicted it would be.

The “Event Cinema” at Penarth’s Paget Rooms has yet to prove its the profit generator councillors predicted it would be.

The enforced investment of £35,000 that’s been made by the council-tax payers of Penarth in the Town Council’s “Event Cinema” has  failed to have any impact on the declining revenue of the council-owned Paget Rooms .

The Event Cinema’s live satellite relays of National Theatre and West End productions was meant to bring a boost to the declining fortunes of Paget Rooms – but in fact the income at the Paget Rooms has continued to dwindle –  according to figures presented to Penarth councillors.

Paget Rooms  income over the last three financial years (not including the Event Cinema) was :-

  • 2013 /14      £27,187.16p 
  • 2014/15       £25,988.75 
  • 2015/16       £24,705.41 

The Event Cinema was launched in April 2015 –  and was forecast to generate a profit of £3,936 for the 2015/16  year – but in fact only delivered a profit of £730.

Councillors have been told the reason for the shortfall is the high number of staff changes in the 2015/16 year . They have been told that figures for the current financial year (2016/15) will give a more reliable indication of the future financial prospects of the venture.

A team of experts installed the equipment at the Paget Rooms

A team of experts installed the equipment at the Paget Rooms

As previously reported by PDN (see http://tinyurl.com/jcb8l5n ) have been a number of occasions since April last year when the equipment didn’t work.  A Salop Street resident has complained in social media that on one occasion the audience arrived at the Paget Rooms only to find it locked and in darkness  with no note or information given about cancellation.

It’s understood there have been at least three occasions (including one this month) when the scheduled shows  have been cancelled at short notice and customers have had to submit claims for refunds for the tickets they had bought in advance.

The figures show only revenue and expenditure and do not take account of capital cost and depreciation of the council-tax-payer-funded enterprise.

The breakdowns at the Paget Rooms were to have been discussed at last week’s meeting of the Penarth Town Council’s Leisure Committee – but, for some reason, the matter was  never debated.

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PENARTH’S LLANDOUGH HOSPITAL APPEALS FOR VOLUNTEER “GREETERS”

The new public entrance foyer at Llandough Hospital

The new public entrance foyer at Llandough Hospital

Penarth’s nearest hospital – the University Hospital at Llandough – is hoping to recruit volunteers to help “meet and greet” visitors and patients arriving at the sprawling hospital complex situated on the edge of the town.

It’s intended that the volunteers will provide ” a welcoming service to all patients, visitors, carers and Health Board staff across various hospital sites”.

Their duties will include making patients, visitors and the general public feel welcome by signposting, directing and accompanying them to the appropriate location. They’ll also be expected to “reassure anxious patients or visitors who may be lost or unsure where to go”and to assist with general enquiries.

The University Hospital Llandough has undergone a massive redevelopment and moderisation programme

The University Hospital Llandough has undergone a multi-million pound redevelopment and moderisation programme – including this chromatic architectural feature

Volunteers  are welcome from “all walks of life, including people who have the experience of a mental health condition” . An open day is to be held from 11:00 to 14:00 at the hospital on Thursday June 2nd 2016 as part of “National Volunteers Week”.

Anyone who is interested in volunteering is asked to contact  Michelle Fowler, Voluntary Services Manager on 029 21847867 or email Michelle.Fowler2@wales.nhs.uk

 

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AMBULANCE TEAM CALLED TO EMERGENCY AT PENARTH TOWN CENTRE

An Ambulance and a paramedic vehicle were in Windsor Road today

An NHS ambulance and a paramedic team were called to Windsor Road today

An NHS ambulance crew and a paramedic team were called to Penarth Town Centre this morning to attend to man who is understood to have collapsed  on the pavement in Windsor Road .

Eyewitnesses said the man was attended for some time on the pavement and then subsequently inside the ambulance. No further information is yet available.

 

 

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“WHERE HAVE ALL THE FLOWERS GONE?” – PENARTHIANS ASK THE VALE COUNCIL

These purpose made posts in Penarth town centre are supposed to support hanging baskets flowers to brighten the place up.

These purpose made posts in Penarth town centre are supposed to support pairs hanging baskets flowers or plastic planters to brighten the place up.

Correspondents on social media – including Twitter – are now demanding to know what’s happened to the flower-baskets and the floral displays on the Town Clock roundabout which used to grace the town centre of Penarth.

With just a month to go to Mid-Summer’s Day, in the main shopping centre of the town the dozen steel posts which were specially installed some years ago to support floral hanging baskets, are still bereft of any displays.

On Twitter the Future of Penarth group poses the question

On Twitter the Future of Penarth group poses the question with a photo of a bare-earth roundabout

The Town Clock roundabout – after an earlier abortive attempt to pave it over (see http://tinyurl.com/j4b7m4a ) – is now largely back to bare earth with not a single flower of any kind planted on it .

Meanwhile, on Penarth Head, the Labour-run Vale of Glamorgan Council had promised on its website ( http://tinyurl.com/grpdppw ) that its  much-criticised monolithic Penarth Head Viewing Platform would have beds of flowers planted around its base to break the severity of its grim appearance.

The forbidding grey walls of the Penarth Head viewing platform were supposed to have beds of flowers laid around the base to - as the Vale Council promised- "soften and reduce the intial impact of the brick wall". Nothing happened.

The forbidding grey walls of the Penarth Head viewing platform were supposed to have beds of flowers laid around the base to – as the Vale Council put it “soften and reduce the intial impact of the brick wall”. Nothing happened.

Cllr Lis Burnett (Labour St Augustines)

Cllr Lis Burnett (Labour St Augustines)

In a meeting of Penarth Tourist and Visitor  Association last year Cllr Lis Burnett (Labour St Augustines) – who is now Deputy Leader of the Vale of Glamorgan Council – declared that she had “signed off” on a floral planting programme around the base of the forbidding Penarth Head viewing platform …but eight months on –  nothing has happened.

The Penarth Head Viewing Platform  – the most derided edifice in Penarth –  is still surrounded only by bare earth and weeds.

 

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