Shutting the doors: Penarth Arts and Crafts Ltd will resume the closure of Penarth Pier Pavilion on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays after the Easter Holidays . The doors are also firmly shut for any organisation which wants to discuss matters with Pavilion trustees. It’s now revealed the company has even refused to talk to Penarth Town Council – even though the Mayor of Penarth serves on the company’s board of directors.

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.

The delphic smoke signals being emitted from the Penarth Pier Pavilion are baffling many organisations in Penarth – not least the Town Council itself

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] .

The Mayor of Penarth Cllr Mike Cuddy (Labour St Augustines)

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) .

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?”

Professor Anthony Hazell, chairman of Penarth Arts and Crafts Ltd has refused to meet Penarth Town Council .

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.

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  1. I look forward to having a cup of tea in the pavilion over Easter with my 92 year old resident and friend and supporter of the I love ❤️ Penarth campaign, as many weeks have passed, a number of verbal requests, some polite some not, to not come into the pavilion, as directed by Management and the PACL Ltd leadership have occurred. Once I was with my mother, another with ladies from Saudi, once with an ex Penarthian and her parents who so shocked walked out with me.

    On each occassion I have been advised that despite being told, initially months ago, I had received communication, in written and email format advising why I couldn’t have access to the pavilion – nope – I have not.

    Subsequently, I was told last Saturday, a letter was in the the post – it must be going around the world then before it reaches me rather than the sorting office on Penarth Road, as nothing has arrived still many weeks later from the initial “request to leave”. Our postman is excellent. So
    Why, why why !

    It’s discriminatory, it’s unbelievable, it’s upsetting and an absolute nonsense and I have now had quite enough as have many others.h
    Specifically of lovely volunteers and myself being put in a very challenging situation in our public building – should I stay or should I go. Should we ask her or not? Who knows as we all didn’t or don’t understand it at all really.

    I will make note of it in my letter on behalf of the I Love ❤️ Penarth pavilion, pier and people community group to HH Prince Charles who is now being addressed following my approach for the I love the pavilion residents with Dr Sandy Clein also endorsed at the SOS public meeting and voted onto the core Representstion team: the Ombudsman of Wales powers to investigate publically the matter does not cover charity companies and PACL has been registered as one.
    So change the law and make it so!
    Charity should begin at home – for residents and lovers of Penarth. Jamie Baluch one of the supporters agrees with me.
    But is it?


  3. Chris David says:

    Hmm. accounts not posted at companies house (source PDN), refusal to meet any-body. It must be getting near to the point police are called in to investigate?

  4. Peter Church says:

    Hazell opened the cinema and wore a pleasant smile,
    And sent upon a holiday they went to Barry’s Isle,
    They landed safe in but alas it’s sad to say,
    For Hazell has been lost up the Pavillion’s way.
    We searched for him in vain and then of course began to fret,
    And this is the appeal we made to everyone we met:

    Has anybody here seen Hazell?
    H-A-Z-E double-L.
    Has anybody here seen Hazell?
    Find him if you can!
    He’s as bad as old Antonio,
    Left me on my own-ee-o,
    Has anybody here seen Hazell?
    Hazell, we are not a fan!

  5. Anne Greagsby says:

    Ironically the Town council voted to support PACL in spite of the mounting evidence of incompetence. Cllr Gwyn Roberts proposed the motion “At times like this it is important that we offer our support to the Pavilion” this was supported by labour and conservatives. Tory Martin Turner said “At times like this it is important that we offer our support to the Pavilion” What a hopeless bunch we have running the town council. Time for a change and some real opposition.

  6. Right in Front of You says:

    Well done Cllr Courtenay.
    To me this just goes to show what a closed shop the whole thing is.
    I sense a worrying collusion.
    If Cllr Ian Courtney hadn’t the guts to speak out – it’s notable he seems to be a lone voice exposing the situation to members of the public by shrewdly extracting an answer from Cuddy on record – how would we know they all appear to be covering each other’s backs.
    Why’s that then????
    People of the town, have you caught a whiff of a stink yet?
    Are you thick as two short planks and unable to see this needs investigating?
    Or do you not give two damns that huge sums of money have been spent without any apparent accountability and the cinema is now closed?
    It is Easter weekend. As you stroll smugly along the promenade in your family groups, mothers and fathers, sons and daughters, grandsons and granddaughters might you put some thought into what will happen to the unique PIer building and its fantastic (closed) cinema for future generations?
    Do people think it’s “posh” not to ask questions or what?
    They must think you’re twp, the lot of you.

  7. Simon says:

    One might have thought Tony Hazell would welcome overtures from our venerable town council, those upright and transparent men (and women) elected to reflect our concerns.
    One might have thought that he would embrace a meeting with those brothers-in-arms who have already passed a motion so supportive of PACL it was, in my opinion, nigh-on obsequious.
    I do hope Tony Hazell hasn’t rejected the town council’s overtures on the basis he thinks them a bunch of lowbrow, interfering amateurs. That would put them on the same level of nonentity as the rest of us and we wouldn’t them – our esteemed representatives – to look utter fools, would we now?

  8. Michael says:

    “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.””

    My goodness me, all this talk from PACL about not holding meetings with any groups….
    I’m picturing them beavering away, all of them engaged 24 hours a day in putting together a marvellous rescue package for the town’s wonderful pier building and cinema.
    Wouldn’t it be awful if they were just batting all of us away in the hope questions stop being asked along the lines of:
    1. How was the £4.2million of public money spent?
    2. Why has PACL not posted accounts at Companies House?
    3. Why has PACL apparently refused to engage with anyone keen to establish what will happen to the cinema, now closed indefinitely?

    Wouldn’t it be awful if they thought people will eventually get tired of asking legitimate and reasonable questions (as long as they keep refusing to answer) until the whole thing ‘dies down’ and the cinema and building begins to rot?
    I wonder who they’re taking advice from – this idea that if you keep schtum and don’t stoke the fire, the smoke will blow over. Standard, hard-core practice – don’t give ’em anything to chew on and you’ll starve the public outrage. If you don’t respond, the outspoken few capable of galvanising the sheep will gradually be marginalised as rabble rousers and fetishists…
    I wonder.

  9. Arthur King says:

    Hit the nail on the head, ‘opposition’. That’s all you can ever be. Only 4 Plaid candidates standing for the town council. Obviously don’t take Penarth seriously.

    • Anne Greagsby says:

      Wrong, there are 6 Plaid candidates standing. Any one worth half a dozen of the toadies running the show at the moment. I think I have manged to kick off about the town council and raised issues that wouldn’t otherwise have seen the light of day! Plaid cllrs in the Vale submitted my petition and challenged the wake boarding proposal in Cosmeston Park and they are fighting back against the proposed incinerator in Barry. Cardiff has only a few Plaid Councillors but they sure do make a noise highlighting the incompetence of Cardiff Labour. VOTE Plaid for an real opposition party.

      • LJS says:

        Anne, an incinerator anx waste transfer is needed in Barry to prevent the disruption and pollution of the diesel waste carrying lorries travelling across the Vale, through Penarth and through Dinas Powis… uneneassary pollution, road miles and traffic congestion. Why disagree with a green issue?

      • Arthur King says:

        Apologies for the error, but I would still make the point that all you are looking for is opposition. Says a lot that you can only find 6 candidates in Penarth.

  10. Peter Church says:

    Local Labour and the PACL are like two sides of the same coin, no wonder they are trying to keep shtum until after the election.

    • Chris David says:

      Not Ian Courtenay. He has the ability to get to the bottom of things but I don’t think he has the support. Pity he’s not going over to the independents.

  11. andrewsketty says:

    It’s a total disgrace that PACL have been able to get away with their total mismanagement but the entire future of the Pavilion in doubt and depriving us of our wonderful cinema. I have been reliably informed now by a number of sources that the reason our cinema suddenly closed was due to PACL not paying the ICO for film hire which meant they would no longer provide films until debt clear! Outrageous that this lot are being protected by the greater and the good in Penarth. Just remember all this when it comes to casting your vote in the local election. All the leaflets coming through my door from candidates claiming to want the best for Penarth yet not one of them has come out and said what they would do to sort out this shambles of an end of pier show

    • Sam says:

      Nobody will touch it because they all doff their cap at Tony Hazell (after they’ve stopped genuflecting). The poor, publicly-funded pier doesn’t stand a chance with this bunch of sycophants.

  12. Jessica Hill says:

    What is it about Tony Hazell that makes him so untouchable?????? What on Earth is going on? If PACL are just waiting for another bailout, isn’t that throwing good money after bad?

    • Philip says:

      Aren’t some people full of themselves? I don’t think it should be a question of being untouchable (which is down to others fawning). Fancy not having the decency to stand down when PACL has brought the pier to its knees.

  13. Ann Other says:

    Perhaps it’s time for PDN to do an interview with Mayor Cuddy – an opportunity he’d welcome I’m sure to put the records straight once and for all.

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