A MAN claims the health board is shirking its responsibilities in trying to push through a new health care plan, while a woman describes how children were able to play before alleged fly-tipping took place.

Here’re some peoples' thoughts in our latest round of letters.

‘It sounds like the public’s healthcare is held to ransom by landlords and GP partners’

I believe, counter-productively, that the Wellbeing Hub project has incentivised GPs (and the practice landlords) to close existing practices and move to the hub.

The Wellbeing Hub should remain independent in its goals to bring new advanced diagnostic and community healthcare services to the Eastern Vale, which will include Penarth, Sully, Dinas Powys and Llandough.

Separately, the Health Board should bolster and improve GP services in the town centre.

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I had the distinct impression last night that the Health Board are shirking their responsibility in delivering GP services in the town. Statements like: "It’s the decision of the GP partners whether they close the practice or not” and “It’s the landlord’s decision to sell the property” don’t help the situation.

It sounds like the public’s healthcare is held to ransom by landlords and GP partners. Ultimate responsibility for delivering healthcare in Penarth rests with Suzanne Rankin and her team.

By January 1, 2026, Penarth will be down to one GP surgery from four, and a Wellbeing Centre that won’t be tabled to open for another 18 months at least. That is an appalling reflection on Suzanne Rankin’s ability to deliver her “Our Future Wellbeing” programme.

Finally, as chair of Penarth Business Group, I would insist on locating a new GP practice in the town centre. Their location in the town centre would contribute to the social fabric of Penarth, as they are often familiar and trusted places for residents to seek healthcare. Moving services away from the population centre would lead to a loss of community connection and negatively impact the overall sense of belonging and community identity.

John Davies, chair, Penarth Business Group

‘Don't desecrate grounds that people use in their community’

Set in the middle of Moxon Street, Harvey Street, Quarella Street and Main Street, this play area was accessed by all the children of the street for more than 15 years

This plot of land, with its basketball foundations, was accessible to 15/20 children who played on it on a daily basis.

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It was safe and away from roads, especially for the most vulnerable children to use. Everyone played together, sharing their toys, bikes and scooters, teaching each other how to ride them. Everyone interacted and included each other and friends and relationships were made during school holidays.

Don't desecrate grounds that people use in their community.

Sue Mitchell, Barry

If you have an opinion on a story and want to send us a letter, best way to do it is email harry.jamshidian@newsquest.co.uk. Add your name and where you live and we’ll put it in the paper. We’d love to hear your thoughts!