According to its latest set of accounts, the Labour-run Penarth Town Council – which had set-aside £1,000 in the current financial year to mark the Queen’s 90th Birthday – has ended up spending no money at all .
Back in March this year, the councillors considered a motion to present commemorative medals to every one of the 2,700 primary school pupils in Penarth to mark the Royal birthday – which Cllr Philip Rapier (Labour St Augustines) said would make the Queen “the longest-lived monarch Britain had ever had”.
However some councillors, including Cllr Gwyn Roberts, Cllr Lis Burnett (both Labour St Augustines) and Cllr Martin Turner (Conservative Plymouth Ward) opposed the motion and it was subsequently defeated in a “hands-up” vote.
Cllr Neil Thomas (Labour Cornerswell) then proposed a second motion that a sum of £1,000 be put aside to “recognise the Queen’s birthday” and that a sub committee be formed to decide how to allocate the money locally . This motion was passed unanimously except for one absention – by Cllr Burnett.
However it now appears from Penarth Council’s accounts, that the council’s special sub-committee which had been tasked to mark the Queen’s 90th birthday, took matters no further .
Whilst other communities, ranging from cities like Cardiff to villages like Sully, all held celebratory events on April 21st, nothing happened in Penarth .
[PDN Note: On April 21st Cardiff , Sully, Cowbridge and Llantwit Major joined 1,000 other communities around Britain to light bonfires to mark the Queen’s 90th birthday…. but there was no such event in Penarth. Penarth’s beacon, which was blown down by the wind in May 2014, has yet to be replaced.]
Although Penarth Town Council had missed the nationally-recognised date of April 21st for the celebration, the council then declared that it was planning to mark the Queen’s “official” birthday in June with concert at All Saints Church.
The organisation of this highly-successful event was actually carried out, however, by a three-strong committee of the Penarth Churches charity “Cytûn” – which was chaired by Mrs Anne Niblett. The church was full to capacity, underscoring the wish of many Penarth residents to mark the sovereign’s 90th birthday.
The event was funded by “collection-plate” donations made by the congregation . Penarth Town Council made no financial contribution towards it .
…Meanwhile the £1,000 – which the council had set aside for Penarth to celebrate the Queen’s 90th Birthday – still remains unspent in the accounts.