Cenotaph car plan unveiled
CARS and delivery vans parking on Aberdare’s cenotaph will be stopped once and for all as the council announced a new plan to block them out.
AFTER scores of cars were pictured parked on this Valleys town’s cenotaph, the council has had enough, and has vowed to solve the problem once and for all.
Rhondda Cynon Taf council has said it will install ornamental spheres to block people from parking on Aberdare’s town centre cenotaph.
It comes after complaints about people leaving their cars, vans and other vehicles on the memorial – an act described as “disrespectful”, as well as being a parking offence.
In a statement released on Thursday, the local authority said parking on the monument to those who died in both the First and Second World Wars was “unacceptable” and that it enforces parking restrictions there.
The statement added: “Having vowed to do all it can to help put a stop to this poor behaviour, the council has been liaising with the Royal British Legion over a solution.
“The council has now announced that ornamental spheres will be installed at the cenotaph to prevent vehicles from parking there – and is making arrangements for their installation.
“Parking restrictions will be enforced until the changes are made.”
Responding to the news, Graham Marsh of the Aberdare Business and Tourism Association (Abta) said: “I’m pleased to that the council has finally decided to take action to prevent parking on our cenotaph; credit must go to the people of Aberdare for their campaign and to Abta for keeping this issue on the agenda for the last few years.”
It comes after Mr Marsh previously said the issue showed “continued abuse and disrespect”, and that those who park on the cenotaph “obviously have no regard for what it represents – the darkest times in our history and the bravest people”.
He also spoke about a picture of a South Wales Police car parked on the cenotaph that had been posted on social media, which the force said it was investigating.
He said: “The police on this occasion have been unfairly criticised by many people who didn’t know the situation that resulted in this police vehicle being parked as it was and more concerning still, the officer in question receiving verbal abuse at the time from passers by.
“Parking on our cenotaph is an emotive subject, but abusing a police officer in the execution of his duty is even more unacceptable, so things do need to be kept in perspective here.”
Vehicles parked on the cenotaph monument in Aberdare town centre