“Picnic Penarth” – the popular outdoor street-food event – will not be taking place this autumn.
Picnic Penarth was originally launched on September 5th 2015 with a second – larger – Picnic event – taking over the whole of Station Approach in April this year which ran from 18:00 on Friday April 15th to 21:00 on Sunday April 17th .
Instead of holding a Picnic this autumn – 12 months after the original event – it’s now proposed to hold two “Picnic Penarth” events in the course of 2017 .
The Town Clerk Emma Smith told Penarth Town Council’s Leisure and Amenities Committee last night that the reason the event had been deferred until next year was to “ensure the sustainability of Picnic Penarth and to allow time for officers to plan the next event and to allow approaches to be made to potential sponsors”.
The Labour-controlled Vale of Glamorgan Council is not providing any further funding for the Picnic Penarth. As a result of this, Penarth Town Council needs to find a budget of £2,000 in order to fund the development of further ‘Picnic’ events and obtain sponsorship to underwrite the costs.
The Town Clerk said the event had “done a lot of good for Penarth” and it would be a “good investment” for it to continue .
Cllr Gwyn Roberts (Labour St Augustines) said he was aware that a similar food event in Cardiff “could have detracted from ours” . He said there had been two “hugely successful” Picnic Penarth events and it would be a shame if the council attempted to do another one which would be “compromised by other things” so he was glad to see it delayed.
The Mayor of Penarth Cllr Mike Cuddy (Labour St Augustines) said he thought the decision to defer the autumn Picnic Penarth was “eminently sensible”.
The Leisure and Amenities committee endorsed the recommendation to defer the next event until 2017.