THE COMMERCIALISATION OF COSMESTON COUNTRY PARK BEGINS

Ceremonies could be set in a 13th century context with ancient Penarthians clad in period costumes providing an authentic mediaeval wedding experience for all concerned.

Marriage ceremonies could be set in a realistic 13th century context with “ancient Penarthians”  clad in period costumes providing an authentic mediaeval wedding experience for all concerned.

The first phase of the Labour-run Vale of Glamorgan Council’s drive to commercialise Penarth’s Cosmeston Country Park has got under way with the formal submission of planning applications for “change of use” of two mediaeval barn buildings on the site

The application (being made by the Vale of Glamorgan Council to its own planning committee ) – seeks to allow the barns and “associated land, forming part of Cosmeston Medieval Village” to be used for money-making “civil marriages and wedding events” .

The inside of of the medieaval barns at Cosmeston Country Park where weddings would be "hosted"

The inside of one of the medieaval barns at Cosmeston Country Park where weddings would be “hosted”

The buildings are the Tithe Barn and the Reeve’s Barn – both of which were reconstructed on the original foundations of a 13th century settlement.

The application says the village site will continue to operate as a “visitor attraction” when wedding events are not taking place – implying that it will be closed when they are in progress.

Cosmeston 2The Vale Council says that if a wedding event is “arranged at a time when a large number of Park visitors were anticipated, an appropriate section of the main car park, closest to the Medieval Village entrance, will be allocated for the use of event guests only.”.

The application points out that an overflow glass car park could also be brought into use.

The only weddings held at Cosmeston to date have been fictional - like this "hippie" wedding filmed for BBC TV's medical coap "Casualty"

The only weddings held at Cosmeston County Park to date have been fictional – like this “hippie” lakeside wedding filmed for BBC TV’s medical soap “Casualty”

No date has yet been fixed for the meeting of the Vale of Glamorgan Planning Committee which will “consider” the Vale’s own planning application  – but the council says members of the public will be entitled to register in advance to speak at the meeting ( for up to three minutes) .

The Vale Council says the date of the planning meeting will be “made known approximately a week before the meeting”.

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9 Responses to THE COMMERCIALISATION OF COSMESTON COUNTRY PARK BEGINS

  1. Mark Foster says:

    “the Vale of Glamorgan Planning Committee which will “consider” the Vale’s own planning application”

    This is hilarious! Do you think any members of Marcus Goldsworthy’s Planning Committee will vote against it? The BBC are going to do a rerun of Yes Minister at the meeting.

    Kick them out at the next election, Tories too. Drain the Swamp. Vote for Nigel Farage and Donald Trump. Save your country!

  2. Frank Evans says:

    When I saw this first photo I thought this was the vales idea of commercialisation “geese wslking”

  3. Just shows with the people in the headline photo , people back then didn’t look much different from what they do today !? But you wouldn’t get away with walking geese on the road nowadays but it was before they invented Police as we can see in the photo obviously taken in real time back then . I did notice not a car in sight or a CCTV camera that’s because people where better behaved I suppose. Nice to have a glimpse back in time though .

  4. Michael Garland says:

    Visitors from outside the area will be most disappointed on arrival to find the Medieval village closed for a weeding. Weddings are to be held Friday to Sunday and on Bank Holidays, which would be the main visitor days for the Village.
    50 parking spaces are being allocated to Wedding Guests leaving very limited spaces for Country Park visitors
    The application states 700 car parking spaces are available including the overflow parking areas, although the main car park only has parking spaces for 112 vehicles, providing they park appropriately and are not large vehicles such as SUVs or vans, and the overflow carparks are only available weather permitting. The overflow carparks couldn’t be used for three weeks following the May Bank Holiday rain, earlier in the year.
    Reduced car parking areas lead to visitors to the Country Park using the local housing estates for parking. Cosmeston Estate was grid locked and inaccessible to parked vehicles on the May Day bank holiday and emergency vehicles would have encountered severe delays.

  5. Paul says:

    The Vale Council says that if a wedding event is “arranged at a time when a large number of Park visitors were anticipated, an appropriate section of the main car park, closest to the Medieval Village entrance, will be allocated for the use of event guests only.”
    Well, thats the parking situtation sorted…..

  6. AK says:

    I must confess in 35 years of living in Penarth, I have never actually been to the mediaeval village, but I know it was under threat of closure some years ago, so if this helps it to remain then so be it.

    • Tom says:

      I think it’s more likely to turn people off the park altogether – imagine travelling some distance and you can’t see the medieval village or park because ‘there’s a wedding going on’.

    • whatsoccurin says:

      it is worth a visit-I must say on the couple of occasions I have been I have managed to clunk my head whilst going through the doorway!-in those days “Shorthouse must have been a common surname.

  7. Mgg says:

    Why not introduce parking charges to raise funds instead ? Oh i remember VOG can’t check who’s nicking tea spoons from the canteen let alone manage parking .See esplanade ans all the town

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