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 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 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.”
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 .
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.
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.