PENARTH LIFEBOAT ALERT FOR “CAPSIZED DINGHY”

Penarth Lifeboat on exercise earlier this week

Penarth Lifeboat exercising on Tuesday evening this week

Penarth’s Atlantic 85 lifeboat Maureen Lilian was launched this morning to investigate a report of a capsized sailing dinghy believed to be in an area of the Bristol Channel west of Sully .

Barry Dock lifeboat and a search & rescue helicopter had already been deployed to the area. The Penarth lifeboat had reached Lavernock Point when she was called back by coastguards  and released to return to base.

The lifeboat is always hosed down after every launch

The lifeboat being hosed down on recovery after this morning’s “shout” 

It’s understood the original alert was a “false alarm with good intentions”  and that the person originally reporting the incident might have mis-identified what was actually a yacht which had taken down her sails as a precaution before being hit by one of the squalls out in the Bristol Channel this morning.

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PENARTH PIER PAVILION DIRECTOR – Dr. DAVID TROTMAN RESIGNS

Dr David Trotman on balcony of Penarth Pier Pavilion

Dr David Trotman on balcony of Penarth Pier Pavilion

It’s been confirmed today that Dr David Trotman has resigned as the Director of Penarth Pier Pavilion and will be formally relinquishing his post on Bank Holiday Monday August 31st 2015 .

It’s the second recent major upheaval in the company following the departure of former Chairman and board director Paul Twamley (previously reported by PDN http://tinyurl.com/q7tec9g and http://tinyurl.com/nsz9mol).

Pavilion Director Dr David Trotman

Pavilion Director Dr David Trotman

As Pavilion Director, Dr Trotman was the key executive – charged by Pier Pavilion’s leaseholders , Penarth Arts and Crafts Ltd (PACL),  with the role of organising the re-opening the Pier Pavilion and subsequently heading the team given the task of running the establishment as a self-sustaining enterprise .

Dr Trotman joined PACL as Pavilion Director in March 2013 after a career as a medical researcher at  on chest diseases . He later worked for the charities Barnardos and the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds  .

Professor Anthony Hazell

Professor Anthony Hazell Chair of Penarth Arts and Crafts Ltd

In a statement today the Chairman of PACL Professor Tony Hazell said:-

After a great deal of consideration David decided to retire from his position as Director and will formally leave his position at the end of this month. David has made an enormous contribution to the Pavilion and has worked tirelessly to put the Pavilion on the map and the PACL board has accepted his decision with regret.”

Professor Hazell goes on to say: “David has left a solid interim management structure in place to ensure the continued success of the Pavilion as a valuable community resource.”

Dr Trotman’s position is to be filled on an interim basis by two existing senior managers at the Pavilion – Kevin Robinson who is in charge of bookings and programming at the Pavilion and Nadine Simmons , who is in charge of finance and trading .

Penarth Pier Pavilion is described by some as a

Penarth Pier Pavilion

The Pier Pavilion originally built in 1929 – had received  £4,200,000 in public money to restore it .

Deputy Mayor of Penarth and Leader of Penarth Town Council Cllr Mike Cuddy (Labour St Augustines) sits on the board of directors.

Deputy Mayor of Penarth and Leader of Penarth Town Council Cllr Mike Cuddy (Labour St Augustines) sits on the board of directors.

Representing the local community on the board as directors/trustees  are the Leader of Penarth Town Council Cllr Mike Cuddy (Labour St Augustines) who represents Penarth Town Council –   and Cllr Gwyn Roberts (Labour St Augustines) who represents the Vale of Glamorgan Council.

Penarth Pier Pavilion – like the pier itself – belongs to the people of Penarth. In 1924 – prior to the construction of the Pier Pavilion – the old Penarth Urban District Council had bought the pier for £5,000 from its original developers  the Penarth Promenade  and Landing Stage Company.

Work on building the Pavilion began on May 11th 1925 and it was officially opened (for the first time) on Saturday May 11th 1929.  The legal titles of the Pier and of the Pavilion were amongst the bundle of assets subsequently passed into the ownership of the Vale of Glamorgan Council.

The £4.2m refurbishment – completed in December 2013 – was funded mostly by lottery money with a financial contribution from the Vale of Glamorgan Council.

The Vale Council retained ownership of the Pier and Pavilion but leased the Pavilion building for 125 years to Penarth Arts and Crafts Ltd to be run as a self-sustaining asset for the benefit of the people of Penarth.

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PENARTH PIER IS LOCATION FOR NEW “IRIS PRIZE” MOVIE

“Please don’t come any further we’re filming – and QUIET ON SET!”

Penarth Pier – already a veteran star of cinema and tv screens is now,  it seems,  becoming a preferred location for the developing Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgendered section of the film industry .

A new short feature movie entitled “Spoiler” was being shot on the pier yesterday with full cast and crew and technical paraphenlia.

Occasional showers - and pier visitors - were the only problems for the film-makers

Occasional showers – and pier visitors – were the only problems for the film-makers

Every so often it became necessary for what the movie industry traditionally calls the “best boy” and other assistants to clear the end of the pier of extraneous residents and visitors to provide an uncluttered background for the camera shot. At one point pier strollers were asked to walk on only one side of the pier and at other times stopped from strolling any further seaward than “Decks”.

Two of the actors playing lead roles in the movie

Two of the actors playing lead roles in the movie

The film being produced by a company called “The Iris Prize” – based on the name of Cardiff’s International LGBT Short Film Prize. Each prize provides £30,000 of funding for the winning filmmaker to make a further film . Last year’s prize went to an Australian producer who has returned here to make this movie in Penarth .

It is described as a “comedy/drama with a little bit of romance about two people who meet at the airport and find they have a lot in common”.

The film – the 7th to be funded by the Iris Prize – is to be released for showing at various international film festivals. Last year’s production by the  same team was screened at the prestigious Sundance Festival and some of the productions are even shown on BBC Wales.

The good weather was a bonus yesterday but the thundery showers at the end of the afternoon forced a halt the shoot as cast and crew took refuge in the pier shelters – but, after all, that’s what they’re for.

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WALES’S TOP RESTAURATEUR BOOKS-IN AT PENARTH’S STREET-FOOD FESTIVAL

Michelin  star chef James Sommerin serving up some cordon-blue street-food on the Esplanade during the Penarth Summer Festival - outside his own restaurant

Michelin star chef James Sommerin serving up some cordon-blue street-food on the Esplanade during the Penarth Summer Festival – outside his own restaurant

Penarth Town Council has announced that local restaurateur James Sommerin – whose restaurant on Penarth Esplanade has today been nominated in the annual Waitrose Good Food Guide as best place to eat in Wales – is also to be cooking out in the street in Station Approach for Penarth’s forthcoming street-food festival – Picnic Penarth .

The “Restaurant James Sommerin” increased its UK ratings to 24th place in the whole of the UK and is now officially  the best in Wales.

James Sommerin in his Penarth Esplanade Restaurant - now rated the best in Wales by the Waitrose Good Food Guide - a remarkable achievement for a business barely one year old

James Sommerin in his Penarth Esplanade Restaurant – now rated the best in Wales by the Waitrose Good Food Guide – a remarkable achievement for a business barely one year old. The window allows diners to see the chefs at work

Mr Sommerin – who only opened his restaurant for the first time in May 2014 –  says he is “over the moon” at achieving his highest yet rating in the guide

He told Media Wales “I am totally lost of words,” he admitted. “It was a shock, a delightful shock. It has been a tough year, with losing some staff and still making sure that we achieve the best we can and push forward. I am a perfectionist and always want to achieve the best, but I was hoping for maybe 30th or 29th. To get 24th is amazing.”  Now he’s aiming to be in the top 20 next year .

The James Sommerin Restaurant opened to the general public in May 2014

The James Sommerin Restaurant opened to the general public in May 2014

Meanwhile James is preparing a special street-food menu for Picnic Penarth which takes place on Saturday night September 5th and Sunday September 6th at Station Approach (outside Gimber Motors).

Pickled Pepper's dishes will be served up at Picnic Penarth

Pickled Pepper’s dishes will be served up at Picnic Penarth

Also now signed up for the Picnic are Pickled Pepper of  Penarth – voted the best takeaway in South Wales in the South Wales Echo Food and Drink awards 2015 with cuisine approved by award-winning chef Anand George .

Maison Crepe's speciality crepes are to be served up at Picnic Penarth

Maison Crepe’s speciality crepes are to be served up at Picnic Penarth

Maison Crepe will also be there at Picnic Penarth with their range of sweet crepes

And Old Cogan Hall Farm – Penarth’s only farm – will be serving up dishes based on their home-grown meat products

Already confirmed for the Picnic Penarth are  Hokkei, Pizza Pronto, Science Cream, the Vale of Glamorgan Brewery and the Bottle Shop which were the subject of an earlier PDN report.

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“LABOUR HAS CALLED ME A LIAR”: PENARTH LABOUR SUPPORTER IS DENIED LEADERSHIP VOTE

Penarth Woodcraft Folk Hustings organiser John Rogan confers with Labour candidate Stephen Doughty before the Apirl Hustings public meeting . Niow Doughty's party has banned Mr Rogan from voting in the Labour leadership election

Penarth Woodcraft Folk Hustings organiser John Rogan (left) confers with Labour candidate Stephen Doughty before the start of the organisation’s April General Election Hustings public meeting in Penarth .  Doughty’s party has banned Mr Rogan from voting in the Labour leadership election

A leading Penarth public figure – and Labour Party supporter – has been denied the right to vote in the forthcoming Labour Leadership Election despite supporting the party and having correctly gone through the registration formalities.

He’s John Rogan who runs Penarth Woodcraft Folk – a stringently non-political educational movement for children and young people, which aims to develop “self-confidence and activity in society, with the aim of building a world based on equality, friendship, peace and co-operation”.( It was Mr Rogan and his team who organised the impartial, successful and innovative General Election Hustings public meeting in All Saints Church Hall in April .)

The four Labour leadership contenders

The four Labour leadership contenders. Labour is trying to prevent “£3 registrants ” who support Jeremy Corbyn (2nd from left) from voting in the election. Mr Rogan has not stated his preferences.

At the beginning of this month Mr Rogan had applied to become a “Registered Supporter” of Labour and paid the £3 fee to register for the right to vote in the leadership election. He says he had thought it was “a good way to start in possibly getting more involved the Party and seemed quick and easy to do” 

Reports then emerged on social media that Mr Rogan had  received an email from the Labour Party banning him from voting.

Mr Rogan has now confirmed that this is indeed the case   The Labour Party email told him that he was being excluded from voting because he did “not support the aims and values of the Labour Party” or he was was a  “supporter of an organisation opposed to the Labour Party” – this despite the fact that Mr Rogan  had refused a request from  Green Party General Election candidate Anthony Slaughter to put up a placard to support him in the May General Election Campaign – explaining that he thought it was important for Labour to get as many votes and seats as possible.

Acting Leader of the Labour Party harriet harman has said 3000 people have been barred from voting - including 1,900 alleged Green party sympathisers

Acting Leader of the Labour Party Harriet Harman has said 3,000 “cheats”  have been barred from voting – including 1,900 alleged Green party sympathisers. She says it’s not funny or clever “for people from other parties to cheat their way into our system”

Mr Rogan says The  Labour Party have, effectively, called me a liar. Not only that, they have not given me any reason(s) for this accusation. If they had offered any “evidence” then, at least, they should have put to me so that I could answer it. Instead, someone, somewhere has pronounced me “guilty” of being a “cheat” and an “infiltrator”. … And they’ve kept my £3″

Stephen Doughty at the election hustings

Stephen Doughty at the election hustings

In the wake of his rejection Mr Rogan has been trying to think of any reason why the Labour Party would turn him down.

He wonders whether it might have anything to do with  a question he asked Labour candidate Stephen Doughty in the hustings about the apparent contradiction between some Welsh Labour councils’ employing people on zero-hours contracts –  and Labour’s commitment to outlawing them in its manifesto.

Mr Rogan has now formally written to the  Labour Party lodging a Subject Access Request (SAR) under the Data Protection Act asking for full details of whatever information the party has on him –  particularly regarding his  “political opinions”.

Mr Rogan says “There is an incipient civil war going on in Labour at the moment where concepts such as “innocent until proven guilty” and “natural justice” have been forgotten while the leadership carry out their “purge”. I still think that there are people within Labour who could provide a good, competent alternative to the present government.  – Unfortunately, it’s difficult for me to see who they are at the moment.”

Although nominally Penarth Woodcraft Folk is part of the Co-operative Movement  it is  totally non-political.

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NEW “BUS ZONE” SET TO EASE STANWELL SCHOOL PARKING PROBLEMS

The new "Bus Zone" for Stanwell School buses (Photo John Clark)

The new “Bus Zone” for Stanwell School buses (Photo John Clark)

A new dedicated bus-zone has been set up to for school buses taking pupils to and from Stanwell Secondary School in Penarth

The purpose of the zone is said to be to reduce the parking problems and congestion in Victoria Road. Up to now several buses – sometimes as many as 5 at a time – have tended to  park in single file waiting for pupils to embark  creating traffic congestion in the road and in adjoining streets .Now the new bus zone – outside the School Playing Fields – should help ease the problems.

The Stanwell School "Bus Zone" is reached by pupils via a new access gate (Photo John Clark)

The Stanwell School “Bus Zone” is reached by pupils via a new access gate (Photo John Clark)

The zone is reached from the school via a new access gate. Local residents say they’re glad to see the new designated zone has now been installed which should provide safe access for pupils to their transport .

The new system comes into operation when the new term begins at Stanwell next month

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BRAINS PLAN FACELIFT FOR PENARTH’S WINDSOR ARMS PUB

The proposed "new look" for the Windsor Arms pub in Penarth

The proposed “new look” for the Windsor Arms pub in Penarth

The Windsor Arms Pub on the corner of Windsor Road and High St Penarth is set to get an extensive make-over in plans submitted to the Vale of GlamorganCouncil by its owners  S A Brain & Company Limited.

The application seeks planning permission for “a number of external alterations to complement a wider refurbishment programme being conducted at the property“.

The Windsor Arms , Penarth

The Windsor Arms , Penarth. The “smokers’ shelter” to the right of the entrance is to be demolished

Brains’s planning contractors – Boyer – say the Windsor Arms is an established local pub in Penarth but is “in need of refurbishment and updating” to meet customer requirements.  Brains have decided that “now is an appropriate time to invest in the property in order to cement its position as an important community facility”.

It says the aim is to “reinvigorate the external appearance of the pub, in
line with the current standards of the applicant and customer expectations ” . Plans include :- .

  • Demolition of existing smoking shelter and boundary wall to Windsor Road
  • Erection of stainless steel and glass balustrade around outdoor seating area to Windsor Road
  • The installation of 2 No. bi-fold powder coated aluminium windows with associated juliet balconies at ground floor level, fronting Windsor Road and High Street respectively
  • The installation of new bi-fold powder coated aluminium doors at ground floor level fronting High Street
  • The erection of a glazed roof and folding doors to the rear of the property on High Street
  • One new lantern on a large bracket above the entrance and five down-and-up-lighters
  • Installation of a powder coated aluminium roller shutter door in existing timber doorway on the High Street.
What the side of the Windsor Arms would is the proposed plans go ahead

What the side of the Windsor Arms would look like if the proposed plans go ahead

The letter to the Vale council says the  “demolition of the smokers shelter with the new window arrangement will significantly improve the appearance of the building to Windsor Road. The removal of the dated and tired front wall will compliment this work. It will also improve the interaction between the pub and street.”

Brains say the scheme will ensure that the pub remains “a key community facility”.

The application has yet to be considered by Penarth Town Council and the Vale of Glamorgan Council.

 

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