Plaid Cymru councillor Ian Johnson has asked the Vale Council to correct and replace a ‘misleading’ street name on Barry Waterfront with the Welsh language version originally agreed.
Concerns have been raised that Ffordd Penrhyn on Barry Waterfront referred to an 18th century slave-owner, but the 2017 consultation by the Vale Council suggested Peninsular Way and Ffordd Y Penrhyn as options.
Researching the original consultation, Cllr Johnson pointed out that the completed street sign has missed out the ‘Y’, giving some people the impression that it was named after a person rather than a geographical term.
Plaid Cymru councillor Ian Johnson, who represents the northern part of Barry Waterfront said:
“Huge effort has gone into making Barry Waterfront a welcoming and successful new community, and names for the area were chosen to celebrate Barry’s history and local geography.
“When consulting on the new street names in 2017, the Vale Council included the suggestions ‘Pensinsular Way’ in English and ‘Ffordd Y Penrhyn’ in Welsh, so their intention was quite clear.
“Unfortunately, the ‘Y’ has been missed out in the sign-writing, so it reads like a person’s name, like neighbouring streets Heol Tapscott, named after the Barry Town, Arsenal and Wales international footballer, and Heol Livesey, a film actor.
“To end the confusion, I have written to the Vale of Glamorgan Council’s Managing Director recommending that they should replace the sign to become ‘Ffordd Y Penrhyn’, with the spelling in line with their original intention in the consultation.
“Hopefully we can move on from this and focus our
energies on important matters such as rebuilding Barry’s economy after
the Coronavirus crisis.”