DOMINO’S PIZZA COMING TO PENARTH’S WINDSOR TERRACE

The Tropical Tandoori in Windsor Terrace is set to become a new Domino's Pizza outlet ,

The Tropical Tandoori in Windsor Terrace is set to become a new Domino’s Pizza outlet ,

Domino’s Pizza – the international pizza takeaway chain –  is to set up a branch in Penarth –  at Windsor Terrace next to the main bus stop for Cardiff-bound buses .

The livery of UK Domino's stores

The livery of UK Domino’s stores

Dominos is making a planning application  for the premises formerly operated as a curry restaurant known as “Tropical Tandoori”.

The company is now seeking permission to install  “replacement extraction and ventilation equipment” and also carry out “associated external alterations”.

It’s understood the premises are already licensed for operation as a takeaway .

Dominos pulled out of talks to take over the former Blockbuster store

Dominos pulled out of talks to take over the former Blockbuster store

There had been speculation that Dominos would take over the former Blockbuster premises at the junction of Hickman Road and Windsor Road

Agents for the firm had submitted – and received – planning permission for that site to open as a fast-food outlet – despite the misgivings of some local councillors about having a Domino’s branch at the “gateway to Penarth”.

However negotiations fell through and now it seems Domino’s is now to be sited at the opposite end of Penarth’s main trading area.

Tropical Tandoori  closed in April this year after 17 years of trading in Penarth

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PENARTH LEISURE CENTRE SWIMMING POOL WON’T RE-OPEN THIS MONTH

The pool at Penarth Leisure Centre as it was before the fire.

The pool at Penarth Leisure Centre as it was before the fire.

Repairs and refurbishment to the smoke-damaged swimming pool at Penarth Leisure Centre are not going to be completed until late October – at the earliest.

Fire crews emerging from the smoke-logged building in February.

Fire crews emerging from the smoke-logged building in February.

The fire at the leisure centre in February this year  destroyed the sauna and health suite next to the pool and filled the pool area with dense black smoke.

The refurbishment project  has been under way now for eight weeks. Initially a huge web of scaffolding had to be erected to enable the ceilings, walls, and steel work to be cleaned and redecorated.

That scaffolding has now been dismantled and removed and now work is getting under way on cleaning and refurbishing the stained and soot-damaged pool itself and its surrounds.

The smioke blackened sauna area has yet to be renovated.

The smoke blackened sauna area has yet to be renovated.

Although the heavily-contaminated water was drained out of the pool in July it’s left behind a black residue of staining and pollutants which will have to be removed.

New lighting and wiring is also being installed .

A temporary partition has been erected between the swimming pool and the adjoining Health Spa and Sauna  – the area where the disastrous fire first broke out.

The gaping black hole in the roof of the Sauna next to the swimming pool

The gaping black hole in the roof of the Sauna next to the swimming pool

This will seal off the sauna area and allow the pool to be reopened when renovation work is completed – probably in late October although no one is able to give a definitive date for completion.

Meanwhile the Sauna and Spa were totally burned-out in February’s fire and are still in the same state as they’ve been since the fire.

A massive hole was burned through the flat roof of the sauna area – where it’s thought the fire began – probably as the result of an electrical fault

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PENARTH BIZWATCH: YARN ‘N’ YARNS WINS BEST WOOLSHOP IN WALES AWARD

Christine Richardson of "Yarns'n'Yarns" has been receiving congratulations all day

Christine Richardson of “Yarns’n’Yarns” has been receiving congratulations all day

Yarn’n’Yarns – the little wool-shop in Cornerswell Road near Victoria School – has been awarded the accolade of being the  “Best Local Independent Yarn Store  in Wales” in a competition run by Let’s Knit magazine and the British Knitting Association.

The Yarns'n'Yarns wool shop in Cornerswell Rd near Victoria School

The Yarns’n’Yarns wool shop at 22  Cornerswell Rd near Victoria School

The shop has been trading for many years but  was taken over last year by  former opera-singer Christine Richardson .

It was only last year that Christine decided to retire as a professional singer after a distinguished career with English National Opera and  Welsh National Opera.

The award is a big surprise for her: she says she’s never run a shop of any kind before.

Knitters were invited to cast their votes on-line for their favourite knitting shops.Voting ended on September 7th and to her total surprise Christine found her shop had been nominated by her customers for a place in the finals.

Christine Richardson proprietor of prizewinning Penarth wool-shop Yarn'n'Yarns

Christine Richardson proprietor of prizewinning Penarth wool-shop Yarn’n’Yarns

In the close-knit knitting community where chatting goes with clicking needles  it’s never easy to keep things confidential.

The results of the competition were were supposed to be kept secret until being revealed by the Let’s Knit magazine in October – but it seems someone, somewhere – in strictest confidence of course – passed it on,  so now the news is out . Yarn’n’Yarns of 22 Cornerswell Road, Penarth  has been elected Best Local Independent Yarn Store  in Wales.

Amongst those passing on their congratulations to Yarn’n’Yarns today were Penarth Town Council.

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PREMIER APPEARANCE IN NEW YORK FOR PENARTH ACTRESS ERIN RICHARDS

Penarth-born movie-star Erin Richards at the premier of "Gotham" in New York

Penarth-born movie-star Erin Richards at the premier of “Gotham” in New York

Penarth-born actress Erin Richards (27), who was once an  S4C Welsh-language programme presenter, has been treading the red carpet in New York this week at  the premier of the new Batman tv production “Gotham “.

Erin with co-stars Ben McKenzie and

Erin at the premier with co-star Ben McKenzie and Andre Holland

In  “Gotham “ she plays  Barbara Kean – the fiancé of central character Commissioner Gordon (played by  Ben McKenzie). Barbara Kean is described as a “sophisticated emergency doctor” who stands by her man in the corrupt world of Gotham.

Erin was home in Penarth last month for her grandmother’s birthday and her parents are now with her in New York.

Erin trained at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama and Erin once used to host the children’s tv show “Mosgito”. She’s already appeared in  the movies “Open Grave”, “The Quiet Ones”, UK tv dramas “Crash and “Being Human” and the American tv comedy “Breaking In” .

“Gotham” will be seen in Britain on Channel 5 this autumn.

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JAMES SOMMERIN TO HOST “HOW-TO-GET-INTO-A-TOP-UNIVERSITY” EVENING

Westbourne School on the junction of Stanwell Road and Hickman Road, Penarth

Westbourne School on the junction of Stanwell Road and Hickman Road, Penarth

Penarth’s independent school – Westbourne – is teaming-up with Michelin-star chef James Sommerin for a special private evening event to be held at his JS restaurant on the Esplanade on September 29th. 

The event is aimed at giving practical help and advice to the parents of Westbourne pupils who want to help their children secure places in the best universities. Education experts from the top universities will be on hand to give advice and information.

Westbourne School, Penarth

Westbourne School, Penarth

Westbourne already gets half its students into the  so-called “Russell-Group” universities.

The school says the ” informal evening will be of particular interest to parents and students evaluating Sixth Form choices and for those starting their GCSEs or Year 7 in September 2015″. Parents and students will also be able to sign-up for tours of the school, “taster-days” and young people can register for scholarship and entrance exams.

The James Sommerin Restaurant opened to the general public in May

The James Sommerin Restaurant opened to the general public in May

Michelin star chef James Sommerin

Michelin star chef James Sommerin

Restaurateur James Sommerin says ” Working with Westbourne School is a true privilege and we now feel like we are truly becoming part of the community.”

Headmaster, Ken Underhill says  “We are delighted to be partnering with James Sommerin and his team. Westbourne School is one of the oldest and most established institutions in Penarth and provides a truly unique education for local students. “

Anyone planing to attend the event on September 29th at 19:00 can  pre-register with Catrin Cooper at admissions@westbourneschool.com or call 02920 705 705.

The “Russell Group Universities” – named after the Russell Hotel in London – were originally seventeen but now comprise:- Birmingham,Bristol, Cambridge, Cardiff,
Durham,  Edinburgh, Exeter, Glasgow, Imperial College London, King’s College London, Leeds, Liverpool, London School of Economics, Manchester, Newcastle, Nottingham, Oxford, Queen Mary University of London,  Belfast, Sheffield, Southampton,UCL,Warwick and York

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FIFTY-EIGHT BIKES REGISTERED IN PENARTH POLICE “BIKE-MARKING” EVENT

Penarth PCSOs Gareth Parry and Rhys Allen with PC Ceri Frost of British Transport Police - and a local cyclist

Penarth PCSOs Gareth Parry and Rhys Allen with PC Ceri Frost of British Transport Police – and a local cyclist

South Wales Police have announced that 58 bicycles, three scooters plus  several laptop computers, mobile phones and tablets were applied with invisible security markings in last month’s anti-theft initiative in Penarth.

The operation was conducted in conjunction with British Transport Police outside the St Fagans pub in Windsor Road and in Penarth Marina. In attendance were well known local Police Community Service Officers CSOs Gareth Parry  and Rhys Allen and  PC Ceri Frost from British Transport Police .

PCSO  Parry said: “We are delighted with the response from the community, who made the most of the security advice available and the bike marking. This was an opportunity for residents to meet with their local Police Community Support Officers in an informal setting and it was a great success”.

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MORE MYSTERY “NORMANDY” POSTERS APPEAR ON PENARTH’S BRIDGEMAN ROAD

The location of the two new posters which appeared on Bridgeman Road at lunchtime yesterday

The two new posters appeared on the wall of a property next door to the derelict mansion “Normandy” in Bridgeman Road

Two more mystery-posters have been pasted onto stone boundary walls at Bridgeman Road in Penarth near the controversial ruined mansion “Normandy”.

One of the notices pasted onto a boundary wall in Bridgeman Road Penarth yesterday

One of the notices pasted onto a boundary wall in Bridgeman Road Penarth yesterday

This latest fly-pasting incident is understood to be the third which has occurred in the area in the last few weeks and appear to relate to the alleged removal of building stones from the site of “Normandy” – the classic 120-year-old Penarth mansion which has unaccountably lost its roof, ceilings, floors, porch and windows over the last three years.

The former owner Michael Boland had pleaded guilty at Cardiff Magistrates Court earlier this year to failing to comply with an enforcement notice issued by the Vale of Glamorgan Council .

Michael Boland is no longer the registered owner of Normandy

Michael Boland is no longer the registered owner of Normandy

Land Registry records dated June 17th 2014 show that “Normandy” has been transferred to his daughter Madeleine.

The latest posters are understood to have appeared at lunchtime yesterday and, rather than being stapled to the blue wooden hoardings surrounding “Normandy”,  have been pasted  onto the boundary wall  of an adjacent  property.

The posters are headed “2nd Warning”  but local residents say it’s actually the third time posters have appeared in the immediate vicinity – within what is Penarth’s Conservation Area.

Like the previous notice – these notices also demand the immediate return of “quoin-dressed stones” allegedly  “illegally taken from this Normandy property” . The authorship of the notices is not given on the posters. For legal reasons PDN has removed any identifying text in respect of the party against which the allegations are made.

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