Penarth Arts and Crafts Ltd (a.k.a. PACL) – the not-for-profit “charity” which holds the lease of Penarth Pier Pavilion – has refused to hold a meeting with Penarth Town Council on the future of the Pavilion.
The revelation came at last night’s meeting of Penarth Town Council – the last meeting before the May 4th local elections at which a new council will be elected.
As PDN readers will know the Pier Pavilion underwent a £4,200,000 publicly-funded renovation in 2013 which included the addition of an integral digital cinema.
However on February 22nd 2017 it was announced that as from March 6th the Pavilion would be closed on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays and that the cinema would be closed indefinitely. [ i.e. no date was given for it ever to re-open] .
In last night’s meeting of Penarth Town Council the Town Mayor and Leader of the Council Cllr Mike Cuddy (Labour St Augustines) agreed to take a question from Cllr Ian Courtney (Labour Cornerswell) .
In a preface to his question, Cllr Courtney reminded members that on March 29th the council’s Policy & Finance Committee had unanimously passed “a resolution concerning PACL” .
Cllr Courtney said “I understand there was a follow-up to that [resolution] which involves an approach to the trustees [ i.e. the Directors of Penarth Arts and Crafts Ltd]. Cllr Courtney asked whether there had been a response from the Trustees.
The Mayor Cllr Cuddy said “There has been no formal response from PACL. They have thoughts they would produce a statement and I am informed that they will be making a statement shortly but are waiting for a few issues to be resolved” .
In a supplementary question Cllr Courtney pressed for further information . He asked the Mayor “ So it would be incorrect on my part to assume that an approach which sought a meeting with the trustees of PACL was rejected?”
The Mayor [ who sits on the board of PACL as a director and a trustee representing Penarth Town Council] said “Yes – they – or the chair [of PACL] thought it would be inappropriate at this time for there to be any meeting with any particular group.”
Cllr Courtney observed icily “At least there is consistency from PACL – with rejection of overtures from all quarters”.
PDN NOTE: Over the Easter Holidays period PACL announced “We will be open every day of the week during the Easter holidays from 10.00am to 6.00pm with a fortnight of kids crafts“. The Pavilion Cinema remains totally closed and the Pavilion itself is to resume closing on three days of every week after the Easter holidays.