Ceno­taph car plan un­veiled

Cynon Valley - - FRONT PAGE - TOM HOUGHTON tom.houghton@waleson­line.co.uk

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

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