New railings spoil view
10:04am Thursday 7th February 2013 in Letters
THE recent notices in the Penarth Times concerning public seats in Penarth moves me to comment on the seating along the Promenade (January 24 and 31).
The old railings, weatherproof and zinc-plated, were removed and replaced with railings that have been placed in such a way that when one is sitting on the benches the top rail is in direct line with the eyes of the viewer and the coast opposite.
This rather contradicts the whole purpose of the seating. These benches should be moved elsewhere, up to the town perhaps, since the pleasure, at one time enjoyed by older persons, of seeing the opposite coast and the sea with all contained therein, has been negated unless one stretches or shrinks oneself in order to see over or under the top rail.
Moreover, the rails are so far apart that the possibility exists for small children, (and horror on horror – even smallish canines), could fall through the rails. I’m sure Health and Safety must have overlooked this possibility.
Brian Stephens Via e-mail