A VIEWING Platform has now reopened to the public after a survey declared it safe, the council has said.

First opened in May 2015, the Penarth Head viewing platform based on the Wales Coast Path’s shell-shaped logo, was forced to close recently after cracks appeared in one of the side walls along an expansion joint.

But the Vale council says investigations into the structure have indicated it has not deteriorated further and there is also no evidence of any ground movement around the feature, meaning visitors are free to use it again.

The council says it will continue to monitor the site and work with the contractors who constructed the platform to repair any cracking in the near future.

Fencing erected near the cliff edge will remain in place for safety reasons.

Recently, the council revealed that surveying equipment was vandalised and so work on the cracks was delayed.

Penarth Tourism and Visitor Association (PTVA) suggested a landmark feature at Penarth Head Park around 2011.

The Penarth Head platform is part of a nationwide program of works to celebrate the opening of the Wales Coastal Path and a Welsh Government grant funded the project.

Cllr Neil Moore, leader of the Vale of Glamorgan Council, said: “I’m delighted that the Penarth Head Viewing Platform is now open to the public again.

"It offers visitors a fantastic opportunity to enjoy some of the spectacular scenery along the Wales Coastal Path."