Penarth Pier Pavilion is encountering stormy financial seas as it fails to generate enough cash to open 7 days a week

Penarth Pier Pavilion is encountering a stormy financial weather as it fails to generate enough cash to stay open for 7 days a week

In a shock announcement Penarth Arts and Crafts Ltd (PACL) [the not-for-profit company which holds the lease on Penarth Pier Pavilion]  – has said that ,starting next month, Penarth Pier Pavilion is to close on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

The pavilion will be run on a 4-day-week basis (Thursday to Sunday inclusive)  from March 6th 2017 and will be open on those days from 10:00 to 18:00. Operations are to be placed on a “seasonal” basis and the company says they “will be extended as we move into the summer months when the Esplanade becomes busier, both with local visitors and those from further afield.

The 70 seat Pier Pavilion Cinema

The 70 seat Penarth Pier Pavilion Cinema will close on March 6th

The custom-built 70 seat digital cinema at Penarth Pier Pavilion is to be closed “from Monday 6th March until after the summer”.

It’s understood that the number of people attending the cinema has fallen to a mere handful. On some nights as few as 4 paying-customers have been in the audience.

The cinema’s patronage hasn’t exactly been helped by the lack of outside posters and publicity-material promoting the movies being shown. Many people are still unaware there actually is a cinema in the Pier Pavilion . Another issue for the Pier Pavilion Cinema was the  decision of the Labour-controlled Penarth Town Council to spend £35,000 of council-tax-payers’ money on setting up what is – in essence –  a competing “Live Event Cinema” at the Paget Rooms . [PDN Note: The Paget Rooms live event cinema has suffered from a number of breakdowns, small audiences and last year made a profit of only £730].

In a message of reassurance to local organisations who book the Pier Pavilion’s main exhibition space for their activities,  PACL says “ The Pavilion will still be available for use by local community groups all week” including “Tai Chi on Wednesday mornings” . The Pavilion will also continue to host toddler and parent groups from Penarth Library (whilst refurbishment of Penarth Library is under way) and will also be available for “venue hire”.

The cuts have been forced on PACL because the pavilion – which underwent a multi-million-pound Lottery-funded refurbishment in 2013 – just isn’t generating enough revenue to cover its operating costs .

Barrie Davies posted a photo on Twitter showing a barren and empty main exhibition hall at the Pier Pavilion - andf asked "where is the art? "

Barrie Davies posted a photo on Twitter showing the vacant Pier Pavilion exhibition hall  – and asked “There is a lack of art on the pier, where is the art? #noexhibition @ Penarth Pier.”

There have been complaints that, despite the fact the Pavilion is supposed to be an art gallery, there are often no paintings actually on show there.

At one time the Pavilion was staffed by a mixture of salaried staff and volunteers – of whom there were more than 100 . Now there are no volunteers and only two staff members are managing a building which was seen –  just 4 years ago –  as the “Jewel in the Crown” of Penarth.

It’s understood that at one point the PACL directors / trustees considered closing down  the Pavilion totally but agreed instead to limit opening hours whilst staff attempt to tap into new sources of revenue and bring in extra business.

Cllr Gwyn Roberts (Labour St Augustines)

Cllr Gwyn Roberts (Labour St Augustines)

Earlier this month PDN reported the resignation from the board of  Cllr Gwyn Roberts (Labour St Augustines) who was said to have left for “entirely personal reasons”. Its understood, however, that PACL had been unable to get a response to urgent communications it has sent to its landlords –  the Labour-run Vale of Glamorgan Council of which Cllr Roberts is a member.

Both Cllr Roberts and a second  director – Tom Bennett – resigned from the board on February 6th.

In the comparatively brief history of PACL, the company-cum-charity has seen an astonishing  total of 37 directors come and go – some of them lasting just a few months before quitting. There are now 13 directors on the board – including the Mayor of Penarth, Cllr Mike Cuddy (Labour St Augustines). No director has yet been appointed to succeed Cllr Gwyn Roberts as the representative of the Vale of Glamorgan Council.

As a limited company, PACL cannot carry on trading if it becomes insolvent and therefore it was essential that drastic cost-cutting measures be put in place.

In a statement today the Penarth Arts and Crafts  says “We are most grateful for the support that we have received from the general public since the restored Pavilion opened in December 2013 and believe that these changes will help to ensure the long-term future of the Pavilion.”



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  1. Clare morgan says:

    This is down to pure lack of advertising only themselves to blame. Where do you find out what’s on ? Most don’t even know the cinema exists

    • sjleworthy says:

      a run of the mill decent cinema app for your phone should tell you want on in there. trouble for me is their choice and lack of movies is pretty non inspiring for me

    • Dr Ceinwen Sawyer says:

      So agree with this comment. In this day and age, marketing strategies exist to outreach to the general public but they have sadly failed to do this. It’s all very amateur.

    • Philip Rapier says:

      The embryonic “Penarth Town Trust” or similarly constituted Voluntary Group will, if they wish be able to apply to displace PACL under the new “Historic Environment Wales Act 2016.”
      PACL under the terms of the new Law are merely custodians of the will of the People of Penarth. The new legislation is perfectly clear that should it be judged that any Board of Trustees of any Publicly owned Historic Building within Wales have failed to deliver their aims and objectives in the opinion of the ultimate over arching Authority. Application may be made by a Community Group to take over the day to day management of the Building.
      In this case it is the Welsh Government Culture Secretary who oversees the legislation and applications. (This also applies to the Turner Gallery)
      I am not expressing an opinion either way as to whether PACL are delivering their stated objectives. I am, however, stating that the Welsh Government has put in place safeguards to protect the Arts and Culture interests of our community.
      The criticism on here is understandable and much of it thoughtfully well considered. Those contributors to PDN that care deeply about the cinematic and fine arts feel pain and fear for the future of the priceless asset that is Penarth Pier Pavillion.
      However they may be reassured that the day may come when they will be able to channel their passion in to running Penarth Pier Pavillion themselves.

  2. Birkett says:

    We had friends visiting at the weekend and, although we walked along the pier, we didn’t feel the need to go in the Pavilion. That says it all really. The cafe has never been well-run and the exhibition space is too often empty. Support from the community, as customers, can only be expected when the experience is worthwhile.

  3. PR says:

    Our councillors seem to leave failure wherever they go. Surely they can’t be as inept as they appear to be.

    • Dr Ceinwen Sawyer says:

      Oh yes they are, mostly head-in-the-sand rather boring types who live sometime in the last century.

  4. After the Record Fair debacle we now know that you’re not allowed to publicise events in Penarth. It’s almost as if Barry wants everything here to fail.

  5. Brickie says:

    It says it all: no effective leadership. The staff and volunteers work hard, but without ‘the Chiefs’ what hope have they got?

  6. Elizabeth says:

    Shambles – why not put it out to private management. Am sure Hampton’s for instance would make a cracking job of running it. Yes it was the “jewel in the crown” but due to bad management it has been let to slip once again, the Cafe if you could ever wait long enough to be served was overpriced and not very exciting, it should have been run by professionals, one has to say that the first company who ran the cafe made a much better job of it than the youngsters they had been employing of late. The cafe with a view like that should be the place to go, and should be actively encouraged not allowed to go to rack and ruin once again.

    • Ann Other says:

      You are right. The origin of the problems being experienced now (as well as the response to those problems through the short history of the pier project) is to be found in the hippyish, wishful thinking in the design of the inside of the building and the early decisions about how the space could best be used to maximise revenue, and the style of thinking, in turn, has its origins in the not-for-profit (you can say that again!) outlook of those in charge. The best thing that could be done to save the situation is offering a lease to a private company desperate to make a profit and to develop remunerative activity in the building. The Hampton’s people would certainly be the right kind of managers but any private company would have to burn the midnight oil wondering how to overcome the stultifying constraints of the stupid design of the internal space. (You only have to look at the photo of the empty hall to see that nobody ever thought at the start how to use the space in a way that income could be maximised from each square foot.) The problems are, in other words, quite deep in the structure and processes of the place but if there is a bold, enterprising private company that has the required courage, experience and imagination, give them a go, please, before it is too late.

    • Dr Ceinwen Sawyer says:

      So agree, and what about a pensioners discount. That might help repeat custom. It is far too expensive as it is up town for a coffee if you live on a pension. Plus the parking is well….non-existing!!!

      • Peter P. says:

        There is a pensioners discount in the cinema! And have you looked along the Esplanade recently? There is parking all the way to the Yacht Club. Marina Parade isn’t far away for parking, either. And lets face it, you can even walk to the Pier! I do it all the time.
        I think the problem the café has, is that the noise the coffee maker makes, unbearable is. I always sit outside (weather permitting) because I can’t hear myself think. And very often, there is one youngster there to make the beverages, and he/she is absolutely run of his/her feet. That causes long queues, which are not very pleasant.

  7. CoexistinPenarth says:

    This is such a shame. What happened to the army of volunteers that was there when the pavilion opened? I have to agree with Birkett, the cafe has always been a disappointment.
    When different art exhibitions have been held there it has been a wonderful venue to head to but frequently the gallery is empty.
    The events they have lined up look great though, a space themed day for half term, twmpath for St Davids day and a games day. The Facebook page is well managed and advertises all the events.

  8. Freddie says:

    ‘At one time the Pavilion was staffed by a mixture of salaried staff and volunteers – of whom there were more than 100.’ ONE HUNDRED. What was that? The Lottery’s big pocket? WTF?

    • NewsNet says:

      The volunteers were not paid.

    • Concerned Citizen says:

      If 100 volunteers voted with their feet and left, then it seems there are questions to be answered? I was told volunteers were badly managed and treated, and just got fed up and left ,,,, but it takes some doing to drive 100 of them away!

      • Penarth Resident says:

        Please note – not all of the volunteers have left, they still man reception and the cinema

  9. Sarah says:

    So upsetting…..I tried to book the cinema for my daughters birthday party but no one got back to me I had to pop in then call up, then email and the call again. Private rental would be an easy way of keeping the cinema a float mid week?

  10. Dizzydeb says:

    The cafe could make money for the pavilion but at present its not worth a visit which is crazy! When the new cafe/ bakery opens across the road things will get even worse. As for PENARTH town council ….abysmal!!

    • Ian Courtney says:

      As a former Non-Exec at PACL I feel motivated to comment on this news. Clearly it is extremely disappointing. There should be no doubt in anyone’s mind that both Paul Twamley and Tony Hazell, as the past and current chairs of PACL, did everything within their powers to make the venture a success. Their personal commitment, of time and resources, to make PACL a success has been invaluable..

      If the situation is to be turned around it requires decisive action. Therefore at this point the situation is not improved by pointing the finger of accusation. As the Town Council’s one-time nominee to the Board I am at a loss to appreciate what insights ‘Dizzydeb’ and ‘PR’ have into the events that led up to this decision and reject unconditionally their charges of the culpability of elected representatives generally and Penarth Town Council in particular.

      PDN on 4 August 2015 reported my departure from the Board. I would add just one thing to what was reported at the time and that is at this stage PACL’s most pressing requirement is a business plan and strategy that provides a realistic path to commercial sustainability.

      • Freddie says:

        If one puts oneself out there, one must expect one’s performance to be judged, and the finger of accusation to be pointed.
        My view about this situation in general is that there has been rather too much talk – people seem to like nothing better in this town than sitting round a table calling themselves a ‘committee’ with a ‘chairman’ and a ‘deputy chairman’ and a ‘president’ and a ‘secretary’ etc, lot of hot air = no action. It’s all very well having people flouncing round being ‘arty’ but what it needs now isn’t talk of a ‘business plan’ or a ‘strategy’, it’s someone with a commercial head on them who doesn’t mess about and gets the hell on with it.

      • Big Davey says:

        If you walk like a duck, look like a duck and quack like a duck then you are more than likely a duck!

  11. Tim Hughes says:

    This is such sad sad news. We have been going to the cinema regularly since it opened and we will sorely miss it. The regular emails with whats on and the www pages for booking the seats all worked just fine. Just not enough people interested I suppose.

  12. Esarjay says:

    It’s all about the management. Hampton’s could run this and turn a profit.

  13. Jonny says:

    It could be marketed better but then again, the only thing people in this town think about is spending their money on eating and drinking. Never mind, another eaterie will open soon.

  14. Fraser says:

    What a crying shame but what I will say in relation to this, I have no idea where Penarth’s reputation as “posh” comes from. Perhaps it used to be quite nice and genteel before the rabble arrived, buying up the cheaper houses to take advantage of the schools. Now the town revolves around chavvy wannabe “middle class” parents who spend any money on the kids. Even if they had cash to spare, I doubt something as lovely and low key as the pier cinema and café would appeal. This sort of thing might flourish somewhere in England, like Chichester, say, but quirky and “upper middle”, Penarth most definitely ain’t.

  15. snoggerdog says:

    been there done that?

  16. Esarjay says:

    Was that the ‘not for profit’ company or can’t make a profit?

  17. God alone knows what the people of Penarth really want regarding things to do around town? For a start they can go for a bite to eat and after that go for a drink , then they can go somewhere to get a bite to eat and a drink under one roof . When they have had enough of that they can go to another place that sells food and drink , afterwards they may wish to visit a takeaway so they can take home a ready meal. The next day they may wish to go for a drink and a sandwich , and after that go to one of our pubs we have a varied selection from the drink as much as you can pubs and be loud and noisy or the more genteel type. After that you may wish to visit Cosmeston Country Park.. to see if they have set up the ‘Waltzer’ and ‘Big Wheel’ and the ‘Motor Boat Racing’ , and the other attractions promised . The next day you can go for a drink or maybe a meal and a drink and then take walk to look in a shop then afterwards go for another drink. Take a leaf out of the book used by certain people who hover around pubs like the Bears Head all day, (a bit like Horseflies) , they have a strict routine that’s is copied elsewhere in one or two parts of town. These people have a drink then a smoke outside the pub , after that they have another drink and another smoke outside , sometimes they gossip about anyone or anything just to widen their options , after a bit more gossip they go for another drink. Anyone who thinks theirs nothing much to do in Penarth town centre could do well to take a leaf out of their book and join in the excitement they enjoy.

    • whatsoccurin says:

      From my experience most of those people are Sports fans who watch the sport on the pub TV rather than fill the pockets of Sky/Virgin and overpaid footballers to the tune of £70 per month.

  18. Birkett says:

    Basically, get the people who run Chapter, over in Canton, on the phone, quick! That’s how it should be done.

    • Daft o dull says:

      What and run it on charitable handouts like Chapter. That is an arts council dependency and wouldn’t survive without its grant

  19. Claire pezzack says:

    Completely short sighted the brand new play park will open in two weeks at the top of the cliff top bringing loads more families. I have taken my family to the cinema to see the BFG it is a lovely cinema. What let’s the cinema down is lack of advertising of films. Such a waste of a beautiful venue to have it shut down absolutely disgraceful. Let’s ruin penarth as fast as we can seems to be the councillors goal. When do we as the tax payers get a chance to have our say about what happens…. people must vote in the forthcoming elections change must happen.

  20. Helen W says:

    Very badly managed and an overpriced cafe. Advertise events and people will come. Seems to be managed by individuals who have no interest. If they had a what’s on board in the town centre and advertise in local papers then perhaps more people would attend. We have a fabulous pier that needs better management and marketing and a decent cafe that serves breakfast, lunch and evening meals using local produce.

    • whatsoccurin says:

      agree-it should be the “Penarth motto” “everyone knows that”-you mention that the Westward Ho ferry timetable is last years-oh everyone knows that!-the ferry is now stopping at the pier-everyone knows that!-in 2015 the gentlemen bikers turned up out of the blue-everyone knew they were coming!-we did not and if the powers that be keep things to themselves more facilities will close-cannot be too difficult selling a few drinks and snacks on the sea-front at a profit-Rabaiotti did it for years!

  21. Peter Church says:

    You only have to look to the WMC where they have a pair of screens showing what’s on or coming up. Admittedly Penarth Pier pavilion might only stretch to a couple of posters, but to have nothing outside advertising 1. Its a Cinemas 2. What’s On was/is a total disgrace.
    I walked past about six months ago and went in to ask what was on and the lady on the desk said “go look online!”
    Been there many times, but the offering is still a little limited or is that the types of films these days or is it me?

  22. Jan Harding says:

    The 2.30 cinema this afternoon was almost full. Can’t we please keep the cinema open two afternoons a week? Why close it completely ? It’s Oscar week so lots of good films around that we want to go and see. I also don’t understand why the Pavilion hasn’t collected any membership fees for almost two years, most odd. The unpaid volunteers have done a good job but those very highly overpaid workers at the start obviously were not very good at their job and what a huge turnover of staff at the top not to mention directors. Something feels ……………………

  23. Gretchla says:

    Rather than everyone slating the incredible effort that has been put into the recommissioning of the Pavillion, perhaps some of the perpetual moaners and critics on PDN could help turn the fortune of the Pavillion by digging deep and offering constructive feedback/suggestions.

  24. andrewsketty says:

    This is just dreadful news. I agree with all that has been said here. It is a wonderful building and an asset for Penarth. It cannot be allowed to be lost. It is being badly run and that is so obvious. The cafe is in a location that is so amazing if they got tbe basic offer right. Not hard!

    I have never seen the wine bar open!

    As for the cinema I am particularly upset that this is closing. It is wonderful to have it here in tbe town and I make a conscious effort to support it. I was there last Saturday . It was packed out as it was 2 weeks before that. A fabulous unique night out in our wonderful town. Please do not let it close

    • The Wednesday afternoon films are always well-supported and when I was there yesterday there were at least two volunteers in evidence so I think whoever posted the main report needs to get their facts right. I think PACL has done much to provide a variety of events. Unlike Chapter they don’t get funding from the Arts Council so they must struggle. Lets hope we don’t lose this great asset. I find their publicity works – you just need to pick up the programme or get emails sent to you. What’s so difficult about that? Wake up Penarthians and sham on those of you who don’t even go for a coffee in the Pavilion café!

  25. andrewsketty says:

    …..What can we do to help save it????

  26. Paul says:

    This charity has milked it for all its worth. Its a cash cow for some, for others its a huge white elephant.
    People have come and gone, having taken salaries, one of them even decided it was time to go back to the antipodes, when the renovations had barely got off the ground.

    • Ralf says:

      The “one of them one of them even decided it was time to go back to the antipodes, when the renovations had barely got off the ground”.
      Maggie Knight had to return home to Australia because her husband was seriously ill and the whole thing would have never got off the ground had it not been for her efforts early in the project

  27. Mark Foster says:

    What happened to the 1.4 million Retained for future use?

    • Freddie says:

      Has anyone a breakdown of salaries paid? And paid to do what? I’d like to see where all the money has gone. Bit of transparency might help for the future.

      • Mark Foster says:

        The accounts for December 31st 2015 are here:

        You need an accountant to figure out how much they managed to extract but in 2015 the staff costs were £157,345 of which £64,291 were Management and Governance. I think the 1.4 million went on the Pavilion, but the Vale of Glamorgan MOD gave them £9,438 probably for the Headland Path appraisal meeting. If only we could find the £100,000 for the Gun Emplacement/Helicopter Landing Pad we might be getting somewhere. LOL.

      • Jan Harding says:

        Yes Freddie I quite agree. Are any of the early members of highly paid staff now working
        on the Headland Link?

      • 92 and a social butterfly says:

        Think so, and no doubt their lottery bid will include the recruitment of volunteers!

  28. Ann Schulp says:

    This is shocking news. It’s a wonderful venue and should be advertised more widely. A wedding there was a great success with music in the evening. We would so appreciate regular art exhibitions, and yes of course membership fees should be collected. Surely the cafe can be managed more profitably and why not a charge for the likes of Tai Chi using the facility. Much more could surely be done to save this Penarth treasure.

  29. Mark Foster says:

    Sorry, I was mistaken.

    The £9,438 from the Vale of Glamorgan Ministry of Defence was for the Pavilion Bridge Project.

    From the Penarth Times:

    “THE PENARTH Pier Pavilion is set to benefit from a grant of nearly £50,000 to launch a project aimed at supporting the Armed Forces community.

    The ‘Pavilion Bridge Project’ aims to forge a connection between former military personnel and the general public by holding workshops, exhibitions and volunteering programmes.”

    Around 31 Mar 2015, the Vale of Glamorgan Council received £47,600 from the Vale of Glamorgan Ministry of Defence but only gave £9,438 to Penarth Arts and Crafts. Anybody know what happened to the other £38,162? Anybody know anything about the workshops, exhibitions and volunteering programmes the Vale of Glamorgan Council held at the Pavilion?

    The Penarth Head Viewing Platform was built in February-March 2015.

  30. Sick of the same old politicians says:

    Isn’t the problem the constraints of the lottery grant? I think I was told there was a restriction on the number of weddings that could be held each year as they were private events. So we have the silly situation that they can close it but not open it for more than a certain number of events a year.

  31. Anthony Eden says:

    I used to volunteer but once the volunteer organiser left I felt that no one really cared whether I was there or not. Also I used to be a member, the first year after opening I had no reminder for my renewal so I went over to pay. since then I have had no reminder so I haven’ t rejoined. But I do use the cinema regularly, even though it is More expensive than using then silver screen showings at the IMAX in the bay, where there is also free parking.

    • Frank Evans says:

      Don’t you just love these press releases!
      Makes it look like a 4 day week is the next logistical step. Shameful. Same incompetence that run the town council.

  32. Nincompoop says:

    Very sad indeed , why can’t the cinema remain open on the four days the pavilion is open anyway?

    I agree with Ralf and it’s well said that Maggie Knight was instrumental in getting this project off the ground. I wonder what she must think .

    Just out of interest Fraser , can you explain what a “chavvy wannabee middle class” person is please? I would think that just because a parent chooses to spend money on their child surely doesn’t make them chavvy. You sound like a mean spirited snob.

  33. CelticMan says:

    As a founder member I am upset by this news and share and understand many of the points made here. A massive loss to Pensrth 😡I understand the issue with volunteers and have shared my experience in other orgsnisatons with them but obviously to no avail. The cafe has been awful since the original chef and staff left and were replaced by an in house team. I cannot think of snything sensible to say that will save the situation. Yet another decent thing in Penarth that has been lost.

  34. Louise says:

    I’m devastated and really really sad to hear this news. I have thoroughly enjoyed many evenings and a few afternoons at the cinema and have watched films I would not have bothered to go and see in Cardiff. I can stroll down to the pier alone or with friends and have had so much pleasure in having my own local cinema. My two recent visits were to showings where there was scarcely an empty seat in the auditorium. The cafe has been dire since the very early days when it was professionally managed. My husband and I joined as founder members in the first year and have never been asked to renew our membership since. A friend went down and offered to pay for the second year’s membership and was turned away. Totally shambolic management and deeply disappointing for the more cultured, decent people of Penarth who aren’t chav or on benefits, but work hard and deserve to have somewhere pleasant to enjoy during their leisure time. I work in another Penarth establishment where we rely heavily on the support of many volunteers. They should be applauded for their commitment and their time, not so undervalued and disenchanted that the majority have left. Shame on PACL for allowing this to happen.

    • Daviesgirl3 says:

      I totally agree with this. I too was a founder member and a volunteer. Shambolic, arrogant management who looked down on volunteers. Inadequate training and ingratitude for volunteers, failure to listen to views of anyone else. And the cafe has been a disaster. It could and should bea little goldmine. A great shame.

  35. 92 and a social butterfly says:

    The small sized cinema and its place in the community made it dementia friendly. The wednesday afternoon showing with tea and biscuits was a welcome addition, (some people enjoyed a snooze during the film). We will now sit quietly in the corner while the cinema hosts conferences and events that bring in cold hard cash.
    Where is the parking for these alternative uses?
    We need to be vigilant or ‘The Vale’ will put OUR pier up for sale.

    • 29 and Fuming says:

      More likely they’ll just let it fall in the sea as has happened in Colwyn Bay. Am I correct in thinking the Vale has diverted cash from much-needed maintenance to the pier. I bet Barry can’t bear it that Penarth has such an asset.

      • Tim Hughes says:

        Don’t be partial, VoG spent money on a major strengthening of the Pier at the same time they closed the Cold Knap Lido.

  36. andrewsketty says:

    I have set up this online petition to #saveourcinema. please sign and share Tony Hazell : Keep Penarth Pier Pavilion Cinema open – Sign the Petition! via @UKChange

  37. andrewsketty says:

    the link to my petition (above) may be incorrect. Here’s the correct link

  38. A book-keeper says:

    In a post on 23 February Mark Foster provided a link to the location on the Companies House website where the latest PACL accounts, made up to the 31 December 2015 are registered I would draw attention to the Report to the PACL Trustees (the Board of PACL) of the Independent Examiner (effectively the independent auditor) which is contained on page 5 of the accounts. In reporting on the ability of PACL to continue as an on-going commercial concern Julia Mortimer of accountants Watts Gregory identifies the trading losses and liabilities of PACL’s trading subsidiary as representing “a material uncertainty which may cast significant doubt about the charity’s ability to continue as a going concern.” Furthermore Note 1 indicates that it is Julia Mortimer’s opinion the legal requirements to comply with accounting disciplines “have not been met.”

    In plain English this amounts to an independent assessor indicating their concern about the financial viability of the organisation and its financial husbandry, both of which are the ultimate responsibility of the Trustees. If this was the position at end of 2015 it raises entirely legitimate questions concerning the actions taken by the Chair and the Board both leading up to this point and subsequently to remedy the situation. Many contributors to this thread have made unflattering observations about the operation of the café. The evidence of the trading subsidiary’s financial performance suggests these comments have great substance. Circumstantially the extremely high turn-over of staff and board members strongly suggest that all has not been well at PACL for several years. The recent announcement of a reduction in provision, which is misleadingly pushed as a neutral action, would on the face of it appear to be the consequence of an accumulation of a number of years of poor decision making. If the Pavilion is to be saved it only seems appropriate that the current Board account for their actions and demonstrate they have the ability to turn the crisis around, of which they have been the sole architects.

  39. Nincompoop says:

    Louise are you best friends with Fraser who also seems upset about “chavvy wannabe middles class parents”??? Why shouldn’t those ” chavs” and individual on benefits have the same entitlement to use the cinema. Shame on you for being such a snob!

  40. Gareth Davies says:

    It is sad to hear that the Pavilion cinema may close.What I find so disconcerting is the amount of negative postings on here, I did not realise it was that bad.

    I can understand these comments as a recent visit to the cinema I purchased a glass of beer at the cafe, and the young man asked if I could drink from the bottle as there were no clean glasses available. I beckoned him towards me and told him he could wash one, he seemed staggered at my request.This just served to underline the problems.

  41. Grey local says:

    To add to the pier pavilions cafe woes the cafe atBeachcliffe development is due to open soon according to a notice on their door.

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