Trinity Methodist Church on Stanwell Road Penarth is being investigated by the Vale of Glamorgan Council

Trinity Methodist Church on Stanwell Road Penarth is being investigated by the Vale of Glamorgan Council for alleged “illegal advertising”

The Trinity Methodist Church in Stanwell Road Penarth is under investigation by the Vale of Glamorgan Council for allegedly displaying an illegal advertisement banner  outside the premises.

The church, one of the largest in Penarth, occupies a large corner site at the junction of Stanwell Road and Woodland Place and stands within the architecturally sensitive Penarth Conservation Area .

The only advertising banner visible was one for the church's "Bear Pak" childrens' play scheme

The only advertising banner visible was one for the church’s “Bear Pak” childrens’ play scheme

The Vale Council says the church is under investigation for what it calls “unlawful advertisements” – which appear to comprise a “sign and advertisement banner”  .

The only “advertisement banner” that PDN could see outside the church is one advertising its “Bear Pak” playscheme for young children but the Vale’s enforcement notice does not make the nature of the banner clear .

Trinity Church – despite being a Methodist Church – was designed by an Anglican architect, Henry Budgen, who gave the building a distinctly “high-church” feel. It opened in 1901 and is a Grade II listed building.

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  1. Christopher David says:

    Oh they probably mean trade descriptions.

  2. M davies says:

    The Kymin had an advertising banner tied to heir railings on Beach Rd for several months last year
    Did the Council do antsy thing about it?

  3. Mark Foster says:

    How dare the scum in the Vale of Glamorgan Council act against a Christian Not For Profit Child Care organisation advertising its services. We the people demand to see their sign.

  4. Mark Foster says:

    “The Council has powers to control unauthorised development and may take formal action in order to remedy a breach of planning control where it is expedient and in the public interest to do so.”

    Description: Sign and Advertising Banner
    Breach Type: Unlawful Advertisements
    Status: Case Under Investigation

    Why is it in the public interest to remove this sign and banner advertising Not for Profit Christian Child Care Services? Did somebody complain, if so who, or was the enforcement officer Mr. James Banks just driving past? Who is investigating the case?

    We demand answers from the Vale of Glamorgan Council.

  5. Peter Church says:

    There are many other breaches of planning involving “temporary” banners.
    Why are they picking on a house that God lives in?

    Banner are becoming so annoying these days,
    In fact I believe Penarth Times has so many advertising banners online you cant see the news any more 🙂

  6. Trinity Church has always for many decades had a notice board outside the church with details of Services and timings, and details of the Minister. So nothing new there. Perhaps the banner is new, but there are plenty of those around the town advertising temporary events – for example, the Welsh Government NHS Blood Services call for donors.

  7. James Martin says:

    Calm down Mark. Watch your blood pressure. Wish I had time to worry about such petty little things like this as you

  8. Guido says:

    As a retired Planning Enforcement officer for VOGC, I strongly suspect that this is the result of a public complaint and not the action of an officer seeing this in passing. As a consequence, the Vale are obligated to open a case file and investigate that complaint. I however do find it surprising that whoever did report this then ignores the two large charity banners at the junction of Stanwell and Hickman Roads, the various small adverts around the town centre roundabout and several other road junctions that include Cogan Hill, Barons Court, the Tesco roundabout on Penarth Haven and Westbourne and Lavernock Roads, all commonly used locations for the display of unnauthorised and therefore illegal adverts.

  9. Christopher David says:

    Tongue in cheek Mr CHURCH? House that god live in! Always like your posts 🙂

  10. Christopher David says:

    Way hay Harmony. So un-religion like. Psalm 20:5
    We will sing for joy over your victory, And in the name of our God we will set up our banners May the LORD fulfil all your petitions. See its official.

  11. Penileaks says:

    Possibly the complainant has an issue with a Christian church advertising their services, as there has apparently been no complaints about the many other banners and advertising posters placed around the town ?

  12. Peter Smith says:

    Hey VOGC. This is a complaint.

    Will you please open a case against the Labour Party advertisements outside Alun Michael’s house in Stanwell Road and Lis Burnett’s house in Redlands Road or are Labour Party advertisements legal advertisement banners?

  13. Andrew sarchus says:

    Well said Mr Smith

  14. Peter Smith says:

    The enforcement register at the VOGC website has a section called status and one of the statuses is “Enforcement notice complied with – Case closed”

    I walked past Trinity church today and the “unlawful advertisement” has been removed so I want the VOGC to fill in the status “Enforcement notice complied with – Case closed” confirming that the Labour Party has forced a Christian Church to take down an advertisement for Christian Child Care Services which are Not for Profit.
    The VOGC Labour Party has delayed their election for one year so that they can remain in power one year longer than you elected them for. You can however help to save Christianity in Penarth by voting against Alun Michael and the Welsh Labour Party this Thursday.

    • Guido says:

      In the case of unlawful adverts, no legal notice as such is served. As any unauthorized advert is unlawful and therefore a criminal offence, a prosecution to Court would be the ultimate sanction. However the normal practice is write first to any beneficiary of that sign or advert giving a deadline for removal.

  15. Emma says:

    Surely the Vale of Glamorgan Council did not write to the benificiaries of a Christian Child Care advert giving them a deadline for removal of the advert.

    • Guido says:

      I was just detailing the procedure the Council would normally follow when pursuing an unauthorized advert or sign. In this case, the supplied photo does not fully show what is presumed to be the offending banner is advertising but if it relates to a church activity on that site, then whilst there are other factors to consider such as the actually size of the sign/advert, it would probably be considered deemed permitted.

  16. Ralf says:

    BearPak is a non profit organisation but should not be described as a Christian Child Care organisation, it is open to all faiths.

  17. Christopher David says:

    What about “normal” people Ralf? I mean those that deal in facts and not faiths.

    • Ralf says:

      Ok – it’s not, in any way shape or form, a religious organisation. The Church simply has the required amenities.

  18. Christopher David says:

    Tidy 😉

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