The Public Services Ombudsman for Wales has rejected a call to investigate Penarth Arts and Crafts Ltd – the not-for-profit company which holds the lease on Penarth Pier Pavilion.
The request had come from PR consultant Nicki Page who organised two “SOS” public meetings about the future of the Pavilion last month.
The Ombudsman, Nick Bennett has legal powers to look into complaints about public services and breaches of the code of conduct of councils and of local government bodies – but the affairs of Penarth Arts and Crafts (which is also a registered charity) and Penarth Pier Pavilion fall outside his remit.
Mr Bennett’s office has today confirmed that “Penarth Arts and Crafts Ltd is not a body in the Ombudsman’s jurisdiction, so we could not investigate a complaint”.
Controversy erupted after the Penarth Arts and Crafts Ltd announced it was closing the Penarth Pier Pavilion’s integral cinema and – as from March 6th – would only open the Pavilion itself on four days each week.
More than £4,200,000 in public money was spent on refurbishing the art-deco style Pavilion in 2013. The building is owned by the Vale of Glamorgan Council which has leased it to Penarth Arts and Crafts Ltd for a period of 125 years.
It’s also emerged that Penarth Arts and Crafts Ltd (known as PACL) is getting behind with its company paperwork . Companies House – the government department which oversees all limited companies in the UK – has placed a red warning on the company’s on-line records, – indicating that it has not met the strict deadline for returning its annual “Confirmation Statement” .
The “Confirmation Statement” ( what used to be called an Annual Return) was due to have been submitted by PACL to Companies House on March 23rd – but still hasn’t been received .
The Confirmation Statement is required to update Companies House with the latest details of every company’s directors and shareholders.