PENARTH TYRES PERMITTED TO STAY AT STATION ROAD

Penarth Tyres has - at long last - been given permission to stay in business on Station Road, Penarth

Penarth Tyres has – at long last – been given permission to stay in business on Station Road, Penarth

The little start-up tyre-fitting firm – Penarth Tyres –  has finally won its long battle to be allowed to continue in business at its leased yard on Station Road, Penarth.

The  business was set up only in May 2014  by proprietor Chris Cronin in a leased yard and buildings at the rear of 28 Station Road Penarth  – which were premises previously occupied by a scaffolding firm.

Chris Cronin - properitor of the popular little local start-up firm Penarth Tyres with his father Mike Cronin

Chris Cronin – properietor of the popular little local start-up firm Penarth Tyres with his father Mike Cronin. The firm’s logo features  the “Bear’s Head” of Penarth.

Penarth Tyres stressed its local roots by using, as its ‘corporate logo’, an image of a bear’s head [“Pen Arth” in Welsh]-  encircled by a tyre and provides what has proved to be a popular service for local motorists.

Both the Penarth Tyres yard and garage adjoin the rear garden of a residential property at 28, Station Road, Penarth and also adjoins an access road to the commercial / industrial area leading to Penarth Railway Station where a number of long-established motor businesses have been located for years.

The entrance to Penarth Tyres and its yard on Station Road

The entrance to Penarth Tyres and its yard on Station Road

On September 28th 2014 the Vale Council had received just one single complaint about the business using the yard for tyre-fitting. The Vale Planners claimed that a tyre-fitting business should be categorised as so-called “B2” use (defined as “General Industry”) rather than the “B8” classification which would have applied to its use by its predecessors at the premises – the scaffolding firm – and had demanded that the firm shut up shop immediately.

Penarth Tyres may have to close down if the Vale Council rules against it

Penarth Tyres may have to close down if the Vale Council rules against it

The council planners said Penarth Tyres was in breach of planning regulations and gave the landlord of the premises – Mark Boland (from whom Penarth Tyres rent the premises) –   the choice of  either ceasing the alleged “unauthorised use” or submitting a new planning application. However at the same time the planners said they would not be inclined to give the planning permission even a planning application was submitted.

The landlord,  Mr Mark Boland, had told the council the site had been used for “B2” purposes for the previous 10 years – making its continued use as a B2 site lawful. Mr Boland and two other witnesses submitted sworn affidavits, made before a solicitor, to that effect and  lodged a formal application for a “lawful development certificate” for B2 use to regularise the position .

In January 2015 the Vale Council ruled that “the evidence submitted in support of the application together with the Council’s own records” was “insufficient” to demonstrate that, on the balance of probability, premises had been used before for a B2 (General Industrial) business and refused the application.

On May 4th 2016 – in a new development –  Penarth Tyres proprietor Chris Cronin submitted a  new and separate planning application on behalf of Penarth Tyres itself as the tenant of the premises  for retrospective planning permission to  “retain an existing use as a tyre fitting centre” requesting planning permission for  “B1 use” . Mr Cronin told the council “I have taken all reasonable steps to restrict any noise from the machinery used in the business and the site is now significantly quieter than it was when used as a scaffold yard and workshop”. Included in Mr Cronin’s new application was a petition bearing over 100 signatures from local people in support of Penarth Tyres.

Cllr Neil Thomas (Labour Cornerswell) chairman of Penarth Town Council planning committee

Cllr Neil Thomas (Labour Cornerswell) chairman of Penarth Town Council planning committee

On June 8th 2016 – when this new planning application came before Penarth Town Council, the Planning Committee chairman Cllr Neil Thomas (Labour Cornerswell) said the committee should look at this as it was a new application [i.e disregarding previous applications by the landlord of the premises] and said  he was all in favour of supporting business opportunities for local business people.

Cllr Gwyn Roberts (Labour St Augustines) opposed Penarth Tyres

Cllr Gwyn Roberts (Labour St Augustines) opposed  Penarth Tyres’s

In the same June meeting Cllr Gwyn Roberts (Labour St Augustines) – [ who is a “twin-hatted” councillor who sits on both Penarth Town Council and the Vale of Glamorgan Council  and is a member of the Vale of Glamorgan council planning committee]  – had opposed the Penarth Tyres application.

Cllrs Clive Williams, Anthony Ernest, Martin Turner (all Conservative Plumouth Ward) and Cllr Philip Rapier (Labour St Augustines) supported Penarth Tyres

Cllrs Clive Williams, Anthony Ernest, Martin Turner (all Conservative Plymouth Ward) and Cllr Philip Rapier (Labour St Augustines) supported Penarth Tyres

Other Penarth town councillors however totally disagreed with Cllr Roberts. Three Penarth Plymouth Ward Conservative councillors – Clive Williams, Anthony Ernest and  Clive Williams  all supported the application as did  Cllr Philip Rapier (Labour St Augustines) who had said in the planning committee meeting  “It is someone’s livelihood here and the planning officer should know that “

In the end however the Penarth Town Council Planning Committee decided make “no comment” on the application and left the matter for the decision by the Vale of Glamorgan Council –  on a “delegated” basis by a Vale Council staff planning officer.

The Vale of Glamorgan Council – after previously issuing an Enforcement Notice which would have closed the tyre fitting firm down – has now formally issued permission for “change of use” so that the yard can be legally used for a tyre-fitting business.

The Vale Council has also imposed conditions requiring that “The property shall be used only for the purpose of a tyre fitting centre as specified in the application and for no other purpose whatsoever” . The business cannot operate  outside the hours of 08:00 to 18:00 Monday to Friday, 08:00 to 15:00 Saturday and at no time Sunday or Public Holidays and will not be allowed to employ more than two full-time staff.

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8 Responses to PENARTH TYRES PERMITTED TO STAY AT STATION ROAD

  1. Jeff B. says:

    Well done, Mike and Chris Cronin!! It’s just a shame that a legitimate business has to go through all this hassle before they can trade. Typical small-mindedness of the Council!

  2. Pamela & Alan Armstrong says:

    Well Done! We are pleased after working hard you have established a business in Penarth. We hope you can finally relax and continue to do very well. We have been very impressed by the service we have had.

  3. whatsoccurin says:

    What a way to treat a small fledgling business, doing everything to discourage hard work and enterprise. I have heard other traders voice similar concerns about Vale Council. Perhaps we will reach a time when all small businesses have to apply for “charitable status” in order to get the support of the Council!

  4. Kevin Mahoney says:

    Well done guys, I’m delighted you took the advice to submit your own change of use application and have been successful in ensuring the future of your business.

  5. Ivor Bagman says:

    Let’s hope that
    This decision
    Is the first
    of many
    Sensible ones from
    Penarth and the Vale.

  6. Paul says:

    Hooray, justice an common sense has prevailed..

  7. Louise C says:

    Now I know where to go for new tyres. 👍

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