An on-line petition called “Save St Paul’s Church from Demolition” has been set up on an internet website called “ ” and is on

An on-line petition has now been launched to protest against the Labour-run Vale of Glamorgan Council’s decision to dispose of the former St Paul’s Church – a building which was originally bought and paid for by the people of Penarth.

Aled Thomas and Anne Greagsby who are standing as Plaid Cymru candidates for election to the Vale of Glamrogan Council in St AUgyustine’s Ward

The petition has been set up by Aled Thomas   – who, with Anne Greagsby – is running for election as a Plaid Cymru Vale of Glamorgan Councillor for the St Augustine’s Ward .

The former church was originally bought by the old Penarth Urban District Council in 1967 with money raised from the residents of Penarth in the local rates “precept”.

St Paul’s Church was bought by the old Penarth District Council in 1987 for £2,500

The building was then bundled up amongst the local assets which were appropriated – without any compensation – by the now defunct South Glamorgan County Council and later – in 1996 – by its successor authority, the Vale of Glamorgan Council.

St Paul’s had been the base of Penarth Boxing Club but had to be closed five years ago for “health and safety” reasons even though the former Vale Conservative administration had allocated a budget of £250,000 for the refurbishment of the building.

The results of the Vale of Glamorgan Council’s own  public referendum on St Paul’s Church, Penarth were ignored by Labour councillors – who wanted to force through their own ideas

The Labour-run Vale of Glamorgan Council held a public referendum and postal ballot in the St Augustine’s Ward of Penarth . The stated purpose was to find out what local people wanted St Paul’s to be used for – but it was actually an attempt to get local people to endorse the ideas that Labour councillors had for the future use of the building.

The highly respected boxing coach Neil Munn instructed and trained local youngsters at St Pauls until it was closed

….The snag was that the  overwhelming majority of local people did NOT  want what the Labour councillors wanted .

The result of the referendum was a humiliation for Labour when St Augustine’s rersidents voted overwhelmingly against the Labour plans and in favour of returning the use of St Paul’s to Penarth Amateur Boxing Club – run by the highly respected local boxing coach  Neil Munn

The Labour administration in the Vale then ignored the outcome of the referendum and pressed ahead with an impractical plan to encourage politically-correct “social enterprises” to take over the building. Not a single viable proposition was received.

Now St Paul’s is  set to be  demolished and the site cleared to build “social-housing” for rent by a housing association – much of which will, in all probability, be allocated to people who do not currently live in Penarth .

A council report says the selected housing association will  have the option to “regenerate a derelict site either involving the retention and conversion of the church or by way of a new build scheme subject to viability.” [ i.e. flatten the existing building and  build a new development on the site.]

The petition has so far attracted more than 50 signatures so far and is on “”. PDN readers can go straight to it by using the following link

The full controversial chronology of the St Paul’s saga was reported most recently by PDN on



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  1. Jeff says:

    Unbelievable that the Vale is knocking this down.
    What is the matter with people?
    Always the easy way out.
    Happy for all that to be spent on that stupid, ugly viewing platform and a piece of the town’s history is going to be pulled down.

  2. snoggerdog says:

    no chance its not in london, id like to be wrong tho!

    • George says:

      I agree with snoggerdog – no chance. This town is full of philistines who think “new builds” are progressive, especially when they’re social housing.
      This place is finished. It’s just a space to be filled with boxes.

  3. Barry boy says:

    Penarth has the highest need for social housing in the whole of the vale so why would the people allocated housing be outside the area?

  4. Arthur King says:

    Starting a petition in the run up to an election. What a surprise!

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