BID MADE TO DEMOLISH MONTY SMITH’S GARAGE TO BUILD NEW “RETAIL UNIT”

The now-derelict Monty Smith Motoring Centre will be demolished and replaced with a retail unit - subject to planning permission

The now-derelict Monty Smith Motoring Centre will be demolished and replaced with a retail unit – subject to planning permission

A planning application has been made to demolish the former Monty Smith’s Garage on Windsor Road with a view to building a new “retail unit” on the site.

The application has been made by  Tristan Hobbs of the Cardiff Based company PMG Ltd – based at Cardiff Gate Business Park.

The boarded up former garage and car showroom has become an eyesore since it was closed

The boarded up former garage and car showroom has become an eyesore since it was closed

The proposed demolition appears to  involve almost the whole of the block from Windsor Road back to Railway Terrace

The building is described as  ” a two storey car showroom, workshops and associated offices“.  The application noted thas “there are underground fuel storage tanks at the front of the site .”  and that it will be necessary to carry out an asbestos survey.

The crumbling forecourt canopy under which once every motorist in Penarth filled their cars

The crumbling forecourt canopy and sagging safety net under which once every motorist in Penarth filled their cars

The demolition will be by mechanical excavators and hydraulic scissors with “controlled collapse of the structures so as not to impede the surrounding site areas, public footpaths and highways.”

The application states that “Where necessary local areas will be demolished by hand. A banksmen will be posted to manage and negate risk to the public areas during the demolition period. Throughout the demolition the works will be sprayed with water to limit dust generation.”

Monty Smith's "Motorist's Centre" as it was in 2014

Monty Smith’s “Motorist’s Centre” as it was in 2014

The Monty Smith garage and car dealership – founded by the late Monty Smith –  had been a  fixture of Penarth’s Windsor Road for over 57 years, since Mr Smith converted the former cinema  the “Windsor Kinema” into the two storey showroom .

Visible above the false ceiling of the first floor are the art deco ceiling mouldings of the original WIndsor Kinema .

Visible above the false ceiling of the first floor are the art deco ceiling mouldings of the original WIndsor Kinema .

After Mr Smith died, his son Andrew inherited the business but was forced to close on October 7th 2015 after losing a legal battle with its fuel suppliers Gulf Oil International Ltd.

The last item to leave the building is a cremation urn containing the remains of founder Monty Smith - which was always kept in the business he founded.

The last item to leave the building was  a cremation urn containing the remains of founder Monty Smith – which had always been kept in what had been his office – in the business he had founded.

Poignantly, one of the last items to be removed from the building was an urn containing the ashes of the founder of the business,  Monty Smith,  whose name – well-known to all Penarthians – once stood proudly on the front of the building.

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39 Responses to BID MADE TO DEMOLISH MONTY SMITH’S GARAGE TO BUILD NEW “RETAIL UNIT”

  1. penarthblog says:

    As many of you know, one of the problems in Penarth Town Centre is parking and this building, because of its location, would make an ideal Multi Story Car Park especially for those who have problems with mobility. I fear this is a missed opportunity.

  2. Peter Church says:

    How about a drive through Burger/Kebab joint painted bright pink and purple??

  3. Andrew Worsley says:

    Has anyone thought of it being opened as a diner or restaurant or coffee bar or pub , those are the things we have few of in Penarth !!!? of course not counting the odd ones such as Subway, Hamptons, Bar 44, Ocho Lounge , Wetherspoons, Prezzo, Mint and Mustard , Jaflon , Windsor Tea Room, Celtic Café , the Clay Pit, The Windsor Pub , the Golden Lion Pub, The Pilot Pub, Plassey St Fish Shop , The Washington Café, The Busy Teapot Café, The Pickled Pepper takeaway , The Crepe Escape Café, the Tasty Oriental takeaway, Saagor Indian takeaway, Chutney takeaway, Kam Hung takeaway, M&M Kebab takeaway, Magic Wok, apart from these odd place like these which are hardly noticeable, Penarth is crying out for more cafes and takeaways , I think the idea is to have a café or takeaway for every 50 residents .

  4. Andrew Worsley says:

    Oh I forgot ….. and Greggs . full stop.

  5. George says:

    A lovely example of 1920s architecture allowed to be systematically destroyed. What philistines.

  6. Penileaks says:

    Welcome M&S ?

  7. Louise says:

    A car park with an electric shuttle bus taking people up into town, down to the esplanade and then back. If places like Sidmouth can provide services like this, why on earth can’t Penarth. So frustrating.

  8. Betty says:

    Oh here we go the usual anti anything that opens in penarth have begun already! People on here seem to be really against shops, bars, coffee shops and restaurants which seems a little strange seeing as that’s what town centres normally consist of! The more the merrier I say. Another quality retail unit or bar / restaurant would be great for the town!

    • Jack says:

      Yeah, ram down the food and drink, Betty!

      • Betty says:

        It’s good to have choice Jack it brings people to the area and its what makes town centres thrive. Honestly move with the times. Change is a part of life unfortunately!

      • Tim says:

        Yo, hipster Betty, what does “moving with the times” have to do with stuffing your guts out? You sound typically Penarth, bless you, like something from Abigail’s Party.

  9. Andrew Worsley says:

    It was destroyed because it was painted a glaring purple and orange with a touch of green in its heyday but someone on tne council said we cannot have a cinema in a conservation area , although it wasn’t designated as such in the 1920s but the Town Council as with all ideas in this town had the knowledge of foresight so saw what was coming . And as with all Councillors in this region we must bow to their superior wisdom , and these supreme beings do like lesser mortals doing things err without asking . Its not up to the ordinary people to plant things on the towns roundabout without written permission , errr in triplicate with the name size and number of each plant and the exact space it will take up etc etc etc this submission runs to 15 pages and not until its put to the Council can it be considered. Despite the fact the Councillors work for you and are your servants not vice versa , ie you are their employer.

  10. Reggie says:

    It is nothing short of a disgrace that a beautiful art deco cinema is to be pulled down.

  11. AK says:

    I’m sure few have seen the 1920’s architecture inside – and in its current decrepit state is nothing but an eyesore on the main route into Penarth. So a new use of the site is very welcome.

    I wonder what the retail will be, it is a fair way down from town and will need to pull in shoppers.

    McDonalds ?

  12. Georgie says:

    Have a look at PMG’s website, they are obviously major developers worldwide, so I guess they will build whatever THEY desire there.

    • Steve says:

      Imagine that, someone wanting to invest in a property and choosing what they want to put there. What has the world come to?

      Come on. The current site is an eyesore, the cost of dealing with the fuel contamination in the ground will be enormous, as long as what goes in it’s place is in keeping aesthetically (which is why it will need planning approval) what is there to complain about. I’m sure whoever occupies the site will have done their homework and will be reasonably confident that they make the business work as there will be demand for it.

  13. John says:

    Whatever the redevelopment, it would be terrific if the original art deco structure was ‘unearthed’ and restored. The contempt for early 20th century architecture in this country – so striking and unique – is very sad and I’m sure the revival of the old Kinema building would be a wonderful asset to the town.

  14. penarthblog says:

    If people want a greater variety of independent businesses in the town, then get out the cheque books, come up with business ideas, do a lot of research and then put in the hours to make a success of it.

  15. Emma says:

    If the Art Deco features are intact then it’s a shame to knock it down unless St Fagans can do something with it. Otherwise a car park would be ideal here. It’s not very far to walk to the shops and would bring much needed spaces.

    • Jonathan says:

      St Fagans? They’re like Cadw – unless it’s a mine shaft, they’re not interested. Wales, like the rest of the UK, is barbaric when it comes to 20th Century architecture. People can’t wait to knock it down and build a car park.

  16. Andrew Worsley says:

    Well as already hinted at its going to be a bit of a messy job to clear this site , what with underground petrol and diesel storage tanks and any and all pipework plus other hidden items , so I wouldn’t expect this site to be cleared and ready for re use for some time.

  17. Peter Church says:

    I have heard that this place is riddled with Asbestos. So a complete demolition is the only way.

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