Council gives the nod for commemorative plaques

RECOGNITION: Commemorative plaque's similar to this one could be coming to Penarth (4326336)

TRIBUTE: Councillors were in favour of plaques made out of “high fired stoneware" (4326343)

First published in News

COMMEMORATIVE plaques to celebrate the achievements of famous people with links to Penarth could be coming to the town.

During a Penarth Town Council policy and finance committee meeting last Thursday, February 27, councillors approved plans to look into how much it would cost for plaques to be installed around the town.

A working group has been set up, but has yet to meet, consisting of the Town Mayor, Deputy Mayor, the Penarth Society, Penarth Local History Society, and Penarth Tourism and Visitor Association.

A budget of £2,000 has been set aside for the scheme and the working group are set to prioritise a list of those to be commemorated in plaques over a number of years.

As councillors faced a choice of zinc at £315, aluminium at £300, a combination of both, or the more expensive high fired white stoneware, Cllr Rhiannon Birch warned that councillors should choose a material that would last for years to come.

“We want something that doesn’t change and that is going to look good,” she said.

“We have got lots of people that we would like to celebrate and plenty of good locations across Penarth.”

During the meeting councillors overwhelmingly voted in favour of plaques made of “high fired stoneware which is harder than steel, totally frost proof and colour fast even in direct sunlight”.

The Town Clerk’s report into the plaques added that the plaques “should look good without any maintenance in several hundred years time” and said that “this is particularly important in seaside locations as the salt air is a problem for painted material”.

The cost of a 450mm (18inches) diameter plaque would be £500, with a fixing charge of £50 per plaque.

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