An authoritative source has revealed to PDN that part of Penarth Pier – which is owned , operated and run by the Labour-controlled Vale of Glamorgan Council – is infested with rats.
The affected area is said to be the refuse bin-bays adjacent to the Pier Pavilion which are located on the North side of the Pavilion (the left-hand side of the Pavilion – looking at the entrance from the front) .
Personnel in the Pier Pavilion are said to reported having seen rats in that area running up a drainpipe which leads into the “power room” of the Pier Pavilion.
One source says the fast-breeding vermin can sometimes be seen in broad daylight running around the area where refuse and food waste from the Pier Pavilion Cafe is stored prior to collection.
Beneath the wooden bin containers, broken shelving can be seen – along with exposed food waste. One PDN source said “The rats are running around everywhere – even in broad daylight”
Although traders are said to have alerted the Vale of Glamorgan Council about the problem, nothing appears to have been done.
The Penarth Pier Pavilion hasn’t undergone an official Food Standards Agency Inspection for more than 2 years. Back then – in 2015 – its hygiene rating (out of a maximum 5 points for top hygiene standards) was reduced from 4 to 3 – but was still considered to be “generally satisfactory” .
The inspections are carried out for the Food Standards Agency by Vale of Glamorgan Council inspectors and include examining the Pavilion’s arrangements for the storage and disposal of food waste.
The Pier Pavilion – which is now closed for three days each week – was once said to be the “jewel in the crown” of Penarth.