Penarth Library is going to have to wait a little longer for the much-needed damp-proofing works to be carried in the 1904-vintage building.
A scheme to carry out essential and much-needed damproofing works in the library – which was originally called for back in 2014 – has been pushed back for a second time by the Labour-run Vale of Glamorgan Council.
In August 2014 emergency work had to be carried out on the Library when rainwater was penetrating the ceiling of the first floor of the building. This work involved erecting scaffolding outside the building – but was a separate project from the much-needed damp-proofing works.
That same month (August 2014) – after a prolonged delay – the Vale Council finally got around to authorising the expenditure of £88,000 on essential maintenance and repairs to “address damp” in Penarth Library – but deferred the project – saying the work would not begin until the financial year 2015/16. However, in the event, no work was done .
Now the council is deferring the work yet again – apparently because it’s discovered that it needs Listed Building Consent to carry out the damp-proofing work on the library – something which critics say the council should have known in 2014.
The council says it now intends to apply for Listed Building Consent “by the end of the [2015/16 ] financial year” . As a result the scheme is being delayed until consent is received . A budget provision of £60,000 is now being carried forward into its Capital Programme for 2016/17 year.
Meanwhile after six years of problems with the current lift in the Library, a replacement lift has finally been ordered and will be installed as part of the damproofing project – as and when that is carried out.
The library – a gift to the people of Penarth – was first opened in 1905, its construction having been funded largely by the Carnegie Trust on land donated by the Earl of Plymouth.