12 comments on “THE PRICE OF PROGRESS

  1. How nice for the developer – who will surely have already had the nod from planning that stuffing the site with too many cardboard houses, not enough parking, miniscule gardens and nowhere for kids to play will get the green light.
    “An Exclusive Development…”
    In reality “Tomorrows Slums Today from (fill in) Homes.”

  2. Cardiff City Council is £50 Million in the hole, they would not turn down the chance to get hold of 1.6M. I bet Caerdydd are not the only ones who have done it either.

    Even if they had to bend a few rules [allegedly]

  3. ‘Tony Burke, convicted in 2001 of sexually abusing boys at Penhill Assessmant Centre, Cardiff, between December 1970 and August 1971 lost an appeal against his sentence. Three judges at the court of appeal dismissed the appeal against convictions on four charges of abusing two teenagers in his care but found that a fifth conviction – for a serious sexual assault against a third teenager – was unsafe and it was quashed. Burke’s lawyers argued that he had not had a fair trial because of the length of time since the alleged offences, the loss of documentation relating to the school over the years and the death and unavailability of potential witnesses.’

    • Not really relevant to this article, but cases like that were sadly, all too common throughout the care system in the 70s, 80s and 90s.

  4. Suffolk House, off Conway Road, the girls home just down the road from Penhill went to property developers a few years ago

  5. ‘A man whose allegations sparked an investigation into a VIP child abuse ring at Westminster can now be identified as Carl Beech after a judge lifted reporting restrictions.

    Beech, previously known by the pseudonym “Nick”, is to stand trial next year at Newcastle crown court, charged with 11 counts of perverting the course of justice and one count of fraud. No pleas have been entered.

    Announcing the charges in July, the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) said an investigation by Northumbria police had provided evidence that Beech – then protected by a legal blackout – had made “a number of false allegations alleging multiple homicides and sexual abuse said to have been carried out in the 1970s and 1980s”.

    His claims centred on a number of establishment figures, including the former Conservative prime minister Ted Heath; Leon Brittan, a Tory former home secretary who died in 2015 before learning that he had been cleared of all wrongdoing; a former head of the armed forces, Lord Bramall; and the former Conservative MP Harvey Proctor.

    The Metropolitan police launched Operation Midland after it received allegations of a VIP paedophile ring operating in Westminster. However, the £2.5m investigation closed after finding no evidence of any wrongdoing.

    The charges Beech faces include allegations that he made a false allegation of witnessing Proctor kill a child, and that he had falsely alleged “that he had been sexually and physically abused by a paedophile ring, with senior ranking officers within the military, military intelligence, a TV presenter and other unidentified men”.

    He is also accused of falsifying an email account and providing false information purportedly sent from “Fred”, an individual whom he had named as present when he was abused by a paedophile ring.

    The fraud charge accuses him of making a fraudulent representation to the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority on or around 26 September 2013, “namely that he was subjected to abuse by a paedophile ring, knowing this to be untrue and intending thereby to make a gain for himself”.’


  6. My family member lives in Penhill House which was listed as Grade II in 1978, ref 14097. Penhill House is located on Llandaff Road and surrounded by a wall and extensive trees (some of which are protected). The Cadw listing 14097 has no association with the property known as The Rise at Penhill which was sold by Cardiff Council. I am in agreement that The Rise at corner of Penhill should have been listed and it was sad to see the demolition team on site. I first visited Penhill House in 1978 when Mr C A John ( Senior) purchased the property, a major part of the garden had already been sold off and two bungalows had been built where the stables were originally in situ. The inside of the property has been well maintained by the granddaughter of C A John (Senior) and Cardiff Conservation officers have been welcomed into the the property to inspect, take photographs and check that all internal paint and other works carried out are appropriate. In 2004/5 the roof was restored by the father of the current occupant and chimney stacks were repaired in line with conservation and planning approval. The property has a walled garden which is well maintained. Penhill House has a long and interesting history with previous occupants including the Ingledew family one of whom the county solicitor and another being partly responsible for the construction of Llandough Hospital.

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