Penarth Arts and Crafts Ltd, the struggling not-for-profit firm which holds a 125-year lease on Penarth Pier Pavilion, has parted company with one of its longest-serving directors.
The latest departure from the board has comes in the same month as the company carried out its controversial decision to close the Pavilion to the public for 3 days-a-week as from March 6th and shut-down the integral Pier Pavilion Digital Cinema indefinitely.
Leaving the board this month is Peter John Wellesley Bussell – who was not only a director/trustee of the Penarth Arts and Crafts, but also held the onerous duty of Company Secretary. He has quit both roles.
It’s now emerged than Mr Bussell tendered his resignation on March 4th – shortly after the company’s initial shock announcement (on February 27th 2017) that it would carry out a partial shutdown of the Pavilion and would terminate the operation of its cinema.
Mr Bussell – a chartered surveyor by profession – had been a director of Penarth Arts and Crafts Ltd since September 2012 and had been on the board throughout the period of the £4,200,000 renovation of the Pier Pavilion, its public re-opening in December 2013 and its operations since that date.
Penarth Arts and Crafts Ltd – known as “PACL” for short – has yet to announce a successor for Mr Bussell.
Two other directors, Cllr Gwyn Roberts (Labour St Augustines) – who represented the Vale of Glamorgan Council on the Board – and Thomas Howard Bennett both resigned last month. Mr Bennett had only been on the board for a year. Neither has yet been replaced.
Meanwhile tonight (March 20th 2017) two separate public meetings are due to be held in Penarth to discuss the future of the Pier Pavilion Cinema and its peremptory closure.
Former Mayor of Penarth, Cllr Philip Rapier (Labour St Augustines) has convened a public meeting at the Pilot Pub in Queens Road Penarth starting at 19.30,
Meanwhile PR executive Nicki Page is holding a different public meeting on the same topic at the Stanwell Baptist Church Hall in Victoria Road – next-door to the Paget Rooms, commencing at 18:30.
The day didn’t start well for Ms Page when she found herself inadvertently locked in her own car on Penarth Esplanade whilst awaiting the arrival of an ITV news crew.
Once liberated, however, she did take advantage of the Pavilion’s 3-days-a-week closure regime to erect an unofficial publicity banner across the main entrance.
Whilst she was there, members of the public were still calling at the Pavilion hoping to get out of the rain and buy a cup of coffee in the restaurant – and were unaware of the new closure regime now displayed on the front doors.
With the rain pouring down Philip Rees proprietor of The Old Sweet Shoppe, next door to the Pavilion, offered shelter for an ITV Wales News crew to interview Ms Page for tonight’s ITV Wales News