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.
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.
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 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
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.
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.