A proposal that Lavernock might become a part of Penarth is being mooted by a former Mayor of Penarth Cllr Anthony Ernest (Conservative Plymouth Ward) who is also a past chairman of the Vale of Glamorgan Council.
Cllr Ernest says there would be “several benefits for residents if they came into the town”. He says that ” Lavernock Park, (or Cosmeston as some prefer to name it), had gained nothing from being “lumped in” with Sully, and that most residents saw their future within Penarth, not least with schools and shopping.”
Floating out the idea, Cllr. Ernest says “Having represented Lavernock in the past for a number of years, I was acutely concious that residents in the large and very popular estate contributed heavily to the precept of Sully [Community] Council, yet never had anything in return for their Council Tax levies.”
Cllr Ernest says the 1,000 existing residents of what he calls “Lavernock Park” have “no facilities” – largely because the powers of smaller councils like Sully Community Council are relatively limited and asserts that “Lavernock is no better off under Sully than some much smaller villages in the rural Vale.”
He says he is “very concious also that the local councillors for that area try hard to be effective, but they suffer from a lack of funding and political representation at higher levels”
Cllr Ernest says that if what he called “Lavernock Park (and only Lavernock Park) were to come into Penarth, residents would undoubtedly benefit from improved representation and undoubted investment from a much better resourced local council, and they may well want to consider this at a time when they are threatened by yet more housing developments, that threaten to obliterate the boundaries between Penarth and Sully with nothing to show in return”