VALE COUNCIL AXES GRANT FOR PENARTH SUMMER FESTIVAL

There won't be any need to close Beach Hill for Summer Festival processions this year - because there won't be any

There won’t be any need to close Beach Hill for Summer Festival processions this year – because there won’t be any walking parades

A Vale of Glamorgan ‘cabinet’ is to consider a recommendation by council officers that it should refuse a grant for this year Penarth Summer Festival. 

Traditionally the event has always been supported by the Vale of Glamorgan Council . In 2015 the Vale Council provided a £2,000 grant and a further sum of £2,000 to cover the cost of road closures.

The days of Summer Festival carnival floats and processions are no more.

Flashback to the 1980s when there used to be carnival floats on flat-bed trucks in procession.

For 2017, council officers are recommending that no grant be provided . All that’s being proposed this year is the payment of £2,000 towards the cost of road closures.

It so happens that Penarth Council has already announced the “re-shaping” of the Summer Festival for 2017 and the abandonment of “walking parades” in the wake of last year’s overspent and much-criticised event –  so the only road to be closed will be the Esplanade.

In 2015 the "Distinguished Gentlemen" occupied all the pedestrian area of the promenade whilst the Esplanade road remained open to normal traffic. Pedestrians had no option but to walk along a narrow section of pavement

In 2015 the “Distinguished Gentlemen’s Ride” occupied all the pedestrian area of the promenade whilst the Esplanade road remained open to normal traffic. Pedestrians had no option but to walk along a narrow section of pavement. In 2016 the Esplanade was closed to normal traffic.

The Vale Council is however being recommended to give a grant of £1,000 of council-tax-payer’s cash for a minority-appeal charitable event called the “Distinguished Gentlemen’s Ride” in which well-heeled and well-dressed motorcyclists  “raise awareness” of prostate cancer and male suicide.

The famous Lewis Merthyr brass band providing music at the entrance to Penarth Pier Pavilion

The famous Lewis Merthyr brass band providing music at the entrance to Penarth Pier Pavilion

The traditional programme of brass band music on the Esplanade – held every year over  8 consecutive summer weekends –  is being recommended to continue this year with a grant of £4,000 being provided by the Vale Council to cover the costs

The "Picnic Penarth" logo at Station Approach in April 2016. The Autumn "Picnic" was cancelled

The “Picnic Penarth” logo at Station Approach in April 2016. The Autumn “Picnic” was cancelled

A £5,000 Vale of Glamorgan Council grant is pencilled in this year for two “Picnic Penarth” events to be held on 29 – 30 April & 2 – 3 September in collaboration with Penarth Town Council.

A total of 9,000 visitors attended the event in April last year – but the September Picnic Penarth was abruptly cancelled for reasons which were never fully explained. The competition from the council-tax-subsidised  “Picnic Penarth” was cited by some as the underlying reason for the cancellation of the annual Gwyrddio Penarth Greening Food Festival in the Kymin.

The Vale of Glamorgan Council has reduced its contributiion to the 2017 Penarth Christmas Festival

The Vale of Glamorgan Council is beign recommended to reduced its contribution to the 2017 Penarth Christmas Festival

Penarth Council had applied to the Vale Council for a £4,000 grant towards the cost of the 2017 Penarth Christmas Festival – but it’s been recommended that the Vale should contribute only  £1,600 –  just to cover the cost of road closures.

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One Response to VALE COUNCIL AXES GRANT FOR PENARTH SUMMER FESTIVAL

  1. AK says:

    £1600 to close the road ? Why ?

    An advert in the local rag, and a few barriers can’t cost that much ?

    I’ll do it for half that

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