Penarth Town Council has revealed that the first known attempt to break into The Kymin since the house and grounds were controversially closed to the public, has been foiled.
The council has publicly thanked members of the public who raised the alarm in time to prevent the premises being ransacked and an arrest to be made.
It’s just 22 days since the Kymin and its grounds were declared publicly closed by Penarth Town Council.
The council installed signs clearly stating incontrovertibly “This park and building will be closed from April 1st 2019 “.
Today however the Labour-run council – perhaps stung by criticism from local residents – has claimed on Twitter that “walkers can still access The Kymin grounds” (contrary to what it says on its signage) ….However the council is wrong – the park is closed and locked and the whole area is now fundamentally unwelcoming.
A large padlock has been installed on the public gate near Kymin Terrace footpath and a further padlock has been installed on the new Checkpoint-Charlie-type lifting barrier installed at the main entrance.
Locking bollards have also been installed on the secondary entrance. Nowhere does any signage say the Kymin or the Kymin Park is open. Nowhere is there any sign welcoming the public – even those arriving on foot.
The Kymin is leased to Penarth Town Council on a rolling lease from its owners, the Vale of Glamorgan Council.
The lease is not due for renewal until April 2020 . Penarth Council is charged only a nominal peppercorn rent.
It’s also come to light today that a formal Planning Enforcement Complaint had been lodged against Penarth Town Council on March 31st because of unapproved signage installed at The Kymin.
The matter was investigated by the Vale of Glamorgan Council enforcement team who determined that there had been “no breach” of the planning rules.
If the decision had gone the other way it could have resulted in the Vale of Glamorgan Council taking Enforcement Action against Penarth Town Council.