The idea is to boost visitor numbers of Cosmeston and that visitors leave with less money than they arrived with.

The idea is to boost visitors to Cosmeston and have them leave with less cash than they came with.

The Vale of Glamorgan Council is inviting “tender offers” from commercial enterprises  to develop new money-spinning outdoor and leisure enterprises at Cosmeston Lakes Country Park.

The Vale Council wants to cash-in on the 250,000 visitors who come to Cosmeston every year – and boost their numbers with new attractions in the  outdoor and recreation fields through ” marketing and promotional events”.

Film and tv companies already bring in a veritable mobile village of caravans and trucks to Cosmeston and pay for the privilege of filming there

Film and tv companies already bring in a veritable mobile village of caravans and trucks – and income –  to Cosmeston by paying for the privilege of filming there

Cllr Lis Burnett (Labour St Augustines)

Cllr Lis Burnett (Labour St Augustines)

Cllr Lis Burnett (Labour St Augustines) the ‘cabinet’ member for regeneration has told WalesonLine  that if the appeal of Cosmeston Country Park and Porthkerry Park is  “continue to grow, and they are to be sustainable in the current financial climate, then they must adapt to attract new visitors and enhance the experiences of existing users.”

The council is looking for innovative outdoor activity and leisure firms which can make full use of “big open spaces and lakes” and also  hospitality services, retailers and event-specialists to provide “high quality services” for visitors.

The contracts for commercial companies will run for over four years for the Provision of facilities or events that attract customers to and enhance the visitor experience at the Council’s two Country Parks and Medieval [sic] village.”

Interested firms have to “register their interest” on the “Sell to Wales” website The closing date is
12:00 noon 11th April 2016.

The sinister "race of aliens" which appears in tonight's episode of Dr Who - filmed at Penarth's Cosmeston Country Park

This sinister “race of aliens” took over Cosmeston Mediaeval  Village for a recent episode of the BBC sci-fi series Dr Who. They could operate exhibitions and attractions at Cosmeston provided they have good ideas and don’t have a dodgy business past – although maybe time-travel could even fix that .

The Vale says “All candidates will be required to produce a certificate or declaration demonstrating that they are not bankrupt or the subject of an administration order, are not being wound-up, have not granted a trust deed, are not the subject of a petition presented for sequestration of their estate, have not had a receiver, manager or administrator appointed and are not otherwise apparently insolvent.”

Businesses pitching for the contracts will have to produce  certificates showing their directors have not been convicted of conspiracy, corruption, bribery, or money-laundering and have not been convicted of a criminal offence relating to the conduct of their business or profession or committed an act of “grave misconduct“. They also have to show they have correctly paid UK tax.


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  1. Philip Rapier says:

    Hooray! Go for it ! This must surely mean we can have those desperately needed Road Safety Improvements immediately- such as a Zebra or Pedestrian Controlled Traffic Lights for Residents crossing Lavernock Road at the entrance!!!????

  2. Kevin Mahoney says:

    You mean the Pedestrian Controlled crossing that myself and my fellow Sully and Lavernock Councillor have been battling the Labour led Vale Council to provide since being elected?

    I’m disgusted to say that we have been told that there has to be death at the junction before it can be considered above other sites.

  3. Christopher David says:

    OK some ideas. I haven’t “costed” (new word grammar thugs) these out and I suggest VOG get professional help to draw up a business plan for Cosmeston- and manage it. A proper plan with an executive statement, marketing – sales plans, three year financials inc cash flow, P&L balance sheet forecasts.

    SO – Consider a (large) site for mobile / motor homes and possibly non residential caravans. They are not costly to build. You need electric, waste, & fresh water facilities with add on’s as desired- you only need a limited amount of concrete bases (or even none- but a few will lengthen the season- many mobile home user weekend the whole year) as in season grass parking is fine. Talk to the caravan and camping clubs. This is common in mainland Europe- in fact even super markets and small villages have them in many parts of France. The reason? – people stay for as much as a month or more on times. Families staying bring revenue to the park and towns. Couple this with a bike hire facility and maybe in high season a shuttle bus to Penarth and Barry towns and seaside. Secondly start an angling club limited to fishing the right bank facing. Yes there were problems when the VOG allowed a free for all but a club with season and day membership supervised in limited areas would be good. Would also stop the poaching!! Again anglers bring in revenue. OK that’s just a starter to build on.

    • RetailGuru says:

      Love the ideas, exciting and realistic too! You offering to set up a consortium to make it happen Chris?

  4. anne says:

    There should be a charge for car parking for those outside the vale who use the park. In Cardiff Victoria park there were fairground trampolines and tacky mini golf – completely out of place. This sort of thing would ruin the peace and tranquility of any country park.

  5. des lloyd says:

    Good luck.

  6. ron says:

    Has it been stated in the aplication form, that the council want to install a parking charge for cars ???????.

  7. ron says:

    Is it stated in the aplication form that the council want to put a parking charge at cosmeston ?????

  8. Dizzy Deb says:

    If Pettigrews tea rooms (in the castle grounds) opened there people would go out of their way for a special tea, coffee, lovely homemade cakes.

  9. Christopher David says:

    No support- or criticism for/of my ideas then? Kevin M- cam you email me, my data base has corrupted on swapping to Win 10!

  10. Mark Foster says:

    Why don’t Rapier, Mahoney, Christopher David and the rest of you people just p*** off to Syria, leave us alone and stop destroying our country, environment and lifestyle. We don’t want funfairs, labour party members, women with their t*** out, plebians, caravans or zebra crossings in front of our safe, peaceful estate and we don’t want knifecrime or multiculturalism or ISIS barbecues. I want to continue to walk the length of the Railway Path after 11 PM at night without being mugged. Finish the job of destroying England before destroying Cosmeston.

  11. Christopher David says:

    No RetGuru- I cant- too much commitment and I live if France half the year. As for Mark foster- well you’ve shown yourself up as an idiot, A shoot from the hip artist, no research planning or intellect. . The space to build a Mobile home park is already there- In fact is used for overflow car parking at peak times so NO adverse environmental impact. In fact the people that use these facilities are often people very sympathetic to the countryside. Ramblers and the like that often couple their interest in camping and walking with ornithology and the like. Just the kind of people we want coming to our towns and spending money. As for you living on the estate over the road- I object to you little Englanders building on our “green belt” to create your sub standard match box homes and ruining our country environment So go forth and leave our countryside as it was. Now – go on fall for the rhetoric or see the meaningless statement you’ve made for what it is- doubt you have the brains newcomer. ISIS, funfairs, natural women What !!! Yup- an idiot.

  12. AK says:

    There is a field next to the mediaeval village that has previously been used for caravan and camping for re-enactment weekends, without any problems.

    Remember however that Marconi Club, just along the road, closed their visitor camping/caravan site as they had trouble with hooligans.

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