A first look at teh new Penarth Town Council web-site launched today

A first look at the new Penarth Town Council web-site launched today

Penarth Town Council has today launched a new and up-graded version of its internet website on

The site is still running as a beta-test – a preliminary version of the final product –  so not all the bells and whistles are working yet. It appears to be a  much slicker development of the previous one – but is designed to operate on iPhones and tablets as well as lap-tops and desk-tops .

The website was set-up by local web-development specialists Webjects who won the contract in  an open tendering process and now has a number of new features including:-

  • Online event submission for local groups and organisations
  • Event system highlighting the range of events in the town with a “refined booking
  • News and newsletter sign-up to inform residents about the work of the Council.
  • A download system for council agendas and minutes, and “clearer information
    about hiring council venues such as The Paget Rooms and The Kymin”.

The council says “It is hoped that the website will become a digital resource, not only for the local community, but for those interested in visiting the town. Emphasis has been placed on accessibility and following principles which aim to ensure clear, plain language, straightforward and clean design and full responsiveness, so the website functions well on all devices.”

Deputy Town Clerk of Penarth Keri Hutchings

Deputy Town Clerk of Penarth Keri Hutchings

Deputy Town Clerk, Keri Hutchings, said that “The Council is very excited to launch this new resource and we believe that it will lay the foundation stone for a new phase in the
way that we communicate with the public.

“We welcome feedback from early users so that we can begin the process of refining and responding and maintain a website that reflects the vibrancy of our town.”

Visitors to the new website are being encouraged to “submit feedback on their experience using the online form, or by emailing”

The old multi-storey car park was demolished and is now "much missed"

A postcard of the old multi-storey car park was amongst vintage items on the old website

The site is still under development so there’s more work still to do. One feature missing from the new site is the set of charming vintage photographs of old Penarth which were not easy to find on the old site but well worth the trouble of tracking down.

For Welsh-language users there is a "Translate" button (bottom of screen right hand side) which converts everythiing into Welsh

For Welsh-language users there is a “Translate” button (bottom of screen right hand side) which converts everything into Welsh

Welsh speakers may notice there does not appear at first glance to be much material in the “language of Heaven”  on the new site as yet  – a few agendas and a couple of policy statements and that’s about it .

The council however says readers can translate the website into Welsh by clicking the ‘Translate’ button on the bottom right hand corner of the screen and then selecting the button with the Welsh dragon flag which appears there.


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  1. sjleworthy says:

    very surprised it’s got a public launch this early in. a ton of broken links and so so slow to connect and resolve pages.

    usually a public beta is much more advanced than where this is at.

    lets hope the final products is A LOT slicker and smoother.

  2. Mrs jones says:

    Fantastic new design! A forward thinking and innovative approach has been adopted by the web developers and the council. Very impressed with the slick new design

  3. leogurrrrl says:

    Such a great design and such an improvement from the previous website! A huge well done to all involved!

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