There have been more developments in the crisis involving Penarth Arts and Crafts Ltd – (a.k.a. PACL) which leases Penarth Pier Pavilion from the Labour-run Vale of Glamorgan Council .
Penarth Civic Society – the non-political voluntary organisation which seeks to safeguard Penarth’s architectural and cultural heritage – has now written to Professor Anthony Hazell, chairman of Penarth Arts and Crafts Ltd.
[PDN Note: Penarth Arts and Crafts Ltd has apparently run into a cash crisis – and at the end of February took the controversial decision to close the Pavilion’s integral cinema entirely and close the Pavilion itself on three days a week].
The Civic Society’s letter aims to “establish a meaningful dialogue with PACL in which real, positive action is taken” and is said to suggest ways in which the current situation can be resolved and the long-term future of the Pavilion and its integral cinema secured.
So far, Professor Hazell has not replied to the Civic Society’s letter . The Society is now considering setting a deadline of Friday May 5th for a reply.
Meanwhile the Civic Society is also considering sending a copy of its letter to the Heritage Lottery Fund – which has largely bankrolled the Pavilion’s £4,200,000 renovation scheme and has just agreed a further £126,000 grant to Penarth Arts and Crafts to enable the ailing company to hire-in some professional advisors over the next 18 months.
It’s also understood that the chairman and secretary of the National Piers Society are prepared to come to Penarth to meet Penarth Arts and Crafts Ltd – although so far it doesn’t seem as though PACL has yet agreed to any such meeting .