Today – on “Day One” of the new reduced opening schedule at Penarth Pier Pavilion – Penarth councillor Philip Rapier has launched a public campaign to restore Penarth Pier Pavilion to the people of Penarth.
As the result of a cash crisis at Penarth Arts and Crafts Ltd – [ the not-for-profit company/charity which holds a 125 year lease on the Pavilion] the number of days the Pavilion is now open has been slashed – as from today – by three days a week. [see PDN Item http://tinyurl.com/j3gzz32%5D
That means that the Pier Pavilion – renovated and refurbished in 2013 with £4,200,000 of public money – is now closed every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday until further notice . The Pier Pavilion’s 3-year-old 70-seat digital Cinema has been totally closed – despite public petition launched last week which garnered 1,300 protest signatures.[ see earlier PDN item http://tinyurl.com/j3gzz32 ]
Today however – in a dramatic new initiative, former Penarth Mayor Councillor Philip Rapier (Labour St Augustines) has launched a campaign to restore the “ care and control of the Pier Pavilion to the rightful owners the People of Penarth by means of the new WAG statute the ” Historic Environment Wales Act 2016″
Cllr Rapier says “I have been staggered and overwhelmed at the powerful representations I have received personally from residents all over Penarth in the last week”.
Cllr Rapier is holding “an informal open public meeting” of a new body he calls PRPC (Penarth Residents’ Pier Campaign) on Monday March 20th to which everyone in Penarth is invited at 19:30 at the Pilot Pub Restaurant.
Cllr Rapier says the meeting will discuss the recent accounts for Penarth Arts and Crafts Ltd and the formation of a ” Shadow Board of Trustees” with “the aim and realistically deliverable objective of restoring care and control of the Pier Pavilion to the rightful owners the People of Penarth by means of the new WAG statute the ” Historic Environment Wales Act 2016″.
It is hoped that Penarth residents who are barristers, solicitors and accountants will come forward to assist with the formation of the new group. Cllr Rapier says “The presence of a volunteer Barrister, Solicitor or Legal Executive ideally with experience of the Charitable Sector in especially Arts, and Museums would be most welcome” – and invites people to contact him directly .
Cllr Rapier’s email address is Philip.firstname.lastname@example.org and his phone number is 029 20709232 [ as detailed on the Penarth Town Council website]
Cllr Rapier’s public meeting – open to all – is at the Pilot Pub Restaurant at 19.30 on Monday 20th March 2017.