The Labour-controlled Vale of Glamorgan Council is demanding that a well-known Penarth retailer change the newly painted colour scheme on the frontage of her shop in Windsor Road.
The shop – called “Gifts at No.9” – is between Griffin Books and Funky Monkey and was only opened in May this year by the Mayor of Penarth, Cllr Mike Cuddy (Labour St Augustines) who is Leader of the Penarth Town Council.
The Vale of Glamorgan Council has written to the leaseholder – experienced local retailer Cathy Evans – pointing out that the shop is a Grade II Listed Building and has made the three-month-old colour scheme the subject of an “Enforcement Contravention” investigation initiated following what they claim to be a “report” to the council (although they don’t say by whom).
The shop was previously leased by Windsors Gifts who closed down the business earlier this year.
Cathy Evans of Gifts @ 9 says she is now being asked to submit a planning application to the council – including a site plan and a document from the landlord confirming that he had been informed of the colour change.