VALE COUNCIL ACCUSED OF IGNORING ‘OUT-OF-TOWN-CENTRE’ RETAILERS

Half of the Vale of Glamorgan Council-owned shops in Tennyson Road have been vacant for two years

Three of the five Vale of Glamorgan Council-owned shops in Tennyson Road are closed and vacant

Whilst a campaign is underway to further boost the already-thriving trade in Penarth Town Centre, the Labour-run Vale of Glamorgan Council is being blamed for failing to promote local shopping elsewhere in the town.

The Vale Council claims to be providing  “year round town centre events” to bring in more customers  – citing the (cancelled)  Picnic Penarth event as an example.

But meanwhile shopkeepers in outlying areas of Penarth say nothing at all is being done to help them.

Retailers on Tennyson Road in the  so-called “poets” housing  estate of Penarth say the Vale Council, which owns no less than 5 retail units in Tennyson Road,  has pulled down the shutters on 3 of them –  and is doing absolutely nothing to improve shopping in that area .

The two shops at the left hand end of the row are busy and in private hands. The rest are council owned and half are empty.

The two shops at the left hand end of the row are busy and in private hands. The rest are council-owned and half of them are empty.

Tennyson Road (named after the poet Alfred Lord Tennyson) has a cluster of 7 retail units –  with all with easy parking available outside. However of the 7 Tennyson Road shops,  4 of the retail units are owned by the Vale of Glamorgan Council – and 3 of those are shuttered, abandoned and have now been vacant for over 2 years.

Local hairdresser Louise Pedley of Hollywood Hair  says that the council’s attitude has been “disgusting” and says it offers no incentives for anyone proposing to set up new retail businesses in places like Tennyson Road.

Louise, whose busy hairdressing salon has been open for two years, says that what’s needed in the area is a little cafe, or a bakery to complement the existing businesses at Tennyson Road and help develop it into a shopping centre which will attract more local customers.

Another PDN commentator said Never mind Penarth town  – we have a row of shops in Tennyson Rd of which 2 have been closed down for 2 years. It’s a shame  Penarth Council don’t encourage businesses over that side of town”. [PDN Note: Penarth Town Council has never discussed shops in Tennyson Road and would probably claim that it doesn’t have any statutory responsibility in this area because it’s a matter for the Vale Council. However Penarth Council has, in the past, supported  retail development initiatives like the abortive Penarth Business Improvement District (BiD) – which again was also focussed only on the Town Centre]

The closed shutters tend to put people off from stopping and shopping at Tennyson Road

The closed shutters tend to put people off from stopping and shopping at Tennyson Road

The 3 vacant Vale of Glamorgan Council-owned shops  –  with their dead frontages –  do nothing to improve the feel  of the little Tennyson Road Shopping Centre.

The shops aren’t even being advertised for sale or rent on the Vale of Glamorgan Council’s register of all the commercial premises that is owns.

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3 Responses to VALE COUNCIL ACCUSED OF IGNORING ‘OUT-OF-TOWN-CENTRE’ RETAILERS

  1. C.bird says:

    Ref Tennison road shops: one of the empty shops could be a school charity shop. There is an abundance of clothing in lost property in schools unclaimed. Selling it in a school charity shop would benefit the community , recycle and provide a sum of cash to support schools . A coffee shop here with a play centre would advantage local school children before and after school and provide parents with a social venue to meet up.

  2. Peter Church says:

    “There is an abundance of clothing in lost property in schools unclaimed.”

    Yes that does sound great, second hand kids clothes, that they probably wanted to discard in the first place, I’m in how much should I invest?
    Why not get a VoG grant for it, I hear they have too much money are are trying to waste some.

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