A Vale of Glamorgan Council report is recommending deferral of a £10,000 grant towards the £31,000 cost of creating a car park in a field across the road from the ancient St Peter’s Church at Old Cogan – on the Western outskirts of Penarth.
The Parish of All Saints has applied for the £10,000 contribution from what’s called the Welsh Church Act Estate – a self-sustaining charity which was originally set up by Liberal Prime Minister David Lloyd George but which is administered by local authorities in their respective areas – in this case the Vale of Glamorgan.
Planning permission for the car park – in a field opposite St Peter’s Church – was given in 2013 but as yet, apart from boulders being installed at the entrance to the site, no work has been carried out and money is still being raised for the project.
The scheme is part of an ambitious programme at the church which will include drainage improvement, damp prevention – and building a toilet block and a separate meeting hall at the site.
Some local people, who support the remedial work on the church building itself, have however criticised the plans for a car park and toilet (where there’s no mains drainage) saying these are inappropriate in such a rural area and could spoil the setting . The church is the last remaining vestige of the mediaeval village of Old Cogan.
An internal report for councillors attending next month’s Vale’s Welsh Church Act Committee has noted that no building quotations have been submitted in support of the car park application and recommends that no grant is made until that information is provided.
A further £10,000 is due to be contributed to the scheme by the Parish of All Saints and £1,000 has already been expended n professional fees.
PDN BACKGROUND NOTE
- The Welsh Church Acts Fund for the Vale of Glamorgan is worth approximately £2,700,000 and it’s the interest on the capital and its property receipts which provide income for the charity. It’s stipulated that the charity’s income should be devoted to “charitable or alms-giving purposes”. The main aims of the fund are:-
- Educational – Provision of benefits not readily available from other sources, and recreation,social and physical training facilities, at educational establishments, not normally provided by the LEA.
- Relief in sickness – Assistance to persons who are sick, convalescent, disabled, handicapped or infirm, where such assistance is not readily available from other sources.
- Relief in need – Assistance generally or to individuals in need,hardship or distress.
- Libraries, museums, art galleries etc.– Advancing the appreciation of Welsh arts and literature in general.
- Social and recreational facilities in general
- Protection of historic buildings .– Promotion of interest in Welsh architecture, history and science in general, for the benefit of Welsh people
- Medical and social research, treatment in general- Preservation and protection of the physical and mental health of society in general. Provision of nurseries, convalescent homes and hostels
- Probation – Assistance to persons on probation or the families thereof.
- Blind persons – Provision of welfare including accommodation.
- Aged persons – Provision of accommodation.
- Places of worship and burial grounds – Restoration and maintenance.
- Emergencies or disasters – Directly assisting persons in need.
- Other charitable purposes – Contributions to charitable organisations not inconsistent with the purposes of the trust.
An internal council report recommends that the criteria used to allocate funding should be reviewed because the range of the applications for cash from the fund has “increased significantly”