Fury as council fills in potholes for King Charles III’s royal visit

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A council has been blasted for a major tidying up operation which some residents say wouldn’t happen if it wasn’t for an imminent royal visit. King Charles III and The Queen Consort Camilla will visit Cardiff for various receptions on Friday so Cardiff Council has a team of staff carrying out deep cleansing exercises across the Welsh capital.

All streets in the city have routine inspections and repair schedules, but for events where the council expect very high footfall, additional inspections are undertaken to address any interim deterioration of the highway and to ensure the safety and wellbeing of visitors.

But some residents expressed their ire that these jobs, like filling in potholes and pulling up weeds, haven’t been carried out sooner.

“It’s selfish and they (the council) don’t have a clue,” one resident wrote online.

Another posted: “I asked the council if they could repair a 50-metre stretch of road where I live that has not been resurfaced in 40 years – but for someone who comes here for a few hours road repairs done pronto…. still waiting for an answer.”

A third said: “I wish King Charles would tour the entire Vale of Glamorgan, where this once beautiful county now has more craters than the moon and weeds destroying what’s left of pavements.”

One man shared: “Roads in Wales are in a horrific state. Majority of them need full resurfacing.”

But Wales Online reports some residents have expressed their excitement of the royal visit.

Cardiff Council, which Labour has controlled for a decade, said it is standard practice for resources to be located ahead of “high profile visits”.

A spokesperson for the authority said: “These resources have been relocated to Llandaff so that the council can prepare for the up and coming visit of their Majesties, King Charles III and The Queen Consort Camilla, visiting Cardiff on Friday, September 16.

“This is standard practice for all large, high profile visits in Cardiff to ensure the city is ready to host what is a historic event that many of us will never see again in our lifetime.”

The royal couple’s visit to Cardiff will comprise a service of prayer and reflection at Llandaff Cathedral, attended by senior faith leaders from communities across Cardiff.

They’ll also visit the Senedd to receive a Motion of Condolence. This will be followed by a reception at Cardiff Castle which will include a private audience with the King for the First Minister and the Presiding Officer of the Senedd, Elin Jones.

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