Penarth Town Council's offices at West House, Stanwell Road, haven't been the money-spinner the council had hoped

Penarth Town Council’s offices at West House, Stanwell Road, haven’t turned out to be quite the marriage money-spinner the council had hoped for

Admittedly it’s not quite the White House, or the West Wing, but it seems that West House (Penarth Town Council’s HQ in Stanwell Road)  has failed to catch-on as a popular venue for holding civil weddings

In 2013 the town council had applied for a licence to hold civil weddings in West House with a view boosting income for the council.

The entrance hall and council chamber were re-decorated and new seating installed. The mayor’s parlour at the front of the premises was also re-vamped with a view to becoming the “main” wedding venue.

But since then, the number of wedding bookings at West House hasn’t been as high as the council might have wished. The town’s Leisure and Amenities Committee has been told the total of income for 2015/16 was only £1,326.68 which is nearly £1,000 less than the council received for wedding bookings at the Kymin.

The 90-minute wedding slots at West House are charged for at the rate for £150 each from Monday to Thursday whilst  Friday and Saturday slots are charged at £170. Additional hours are charged at £100 per hour.

Cllr Mike Cuddy Leader of Penarth Town Council

Cllr Mike Cuddy (Labour St Augustines)  Leader of Penarth Town Council

The Mayor Cllr Mike Cuddy (Labour St Augustines) told the committee “There are so many [wedding] venues now it’s ubiquitous really. It’s difficult that we don’t get a bit of demand each month isn’t it?”

The Town Clerk of Penarth Emma Smith

The Town Clerk of Penarth Emma Smith

The Town Clerk Emma Smith said she had been carrying out some research and had found that there were now a number of websites on the internet  which might help the council publicise its service.

One such site- she said – is  called ““, which didn’t as yet have any Penarth venues on it, and which offered very favourable rates. It was only necessary to secure one booking a year to cover the costs involved . The other Vale venues on this site secured a total of 19 hits a year.

The council’s weddings service is already publicised on the council’s own website.




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  1. The Tax payer says:

    Good job it’s not real money then and it’s just another council playing with other people’s cash that they have worked hard for 👍

  2. Christopher David says:

    So they do their market research AFTER opening and over a year after start up. Shades of Liz Burnet and the beach hut debacle. Aren’t there any business people amongst the councillors? I think their are so maybe its they weren’t briefed in advance. PTC Google business planning. So- anything else in the pipeline You should be addressing PTC?.

    • Barrie Howell says:

      Yes, market research is the key. Are there any business people on the PTC?

  3. Josie says:

    We had our wedding at west house last November and the room and staff were absolutely fantastic a big thank you

    Sent from my iPad


  4. Anne Greagsby says:

    Perhaps the town clerk could spend some time putting minutes on the town council website – these impirtant records appear to have ceased to be posted.

    • richard williams says:

      Good point Anne – . Also the council does not publish the full agendas for meetings and omits council reports and statistical information from the on-line documents.

  5. CelticMan says:

    Doomed ……

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