SPELLED-OUT FOR THE FIRST TIME – WHAT PACL PLANS TO DO WITH THAT £126,000 LOTTERY GRANT

Penarth Pier Pavilion is owned by the Vale of Glamorgan Council but has been leased to Penarth Arts and Crafts Ltd for 125 years.

Details of exactly why Penarth Arts and Crafts Ltd [ a.k.a. PACL – the company that holds the 125-year lease on Penarth Pier Pavilion] needs its latest  £126,000 grant from the National Lottery have been revealed by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

PACL – which took over the building only in 2013 – had pleaded for more public money from the Heritage Lottery Fund in the wake of a cash crisis which also resulted in the total closure of the Pier Pavilion Cinema and the closure of the Pier Pavilion itself on 3 days out of every 7.

Cllr Lis Burnett (Labour Stanwell) former deputy leader of the Vale of Glamorgan Council supported the PACL grant application.

It’s now also emerged that the PACL bid for the extra lottery-funding had been supported, in writing, by the then Deputy Leader of the Vale of Glamorgan Council Cllr Lis Burnett. [ The Vale of Glamorgan Council became Conservative-controlled following the May 4th local government elections. The Deputy Leader is now Cllr Hunter Jarvie and Cllr Ben Gray (Conservative Plymouth Ward) is now the council’s nominee on the PACL board]

Head of the Heritage Lottery Fund, Wales Richard Bellamy – in correspondence with PDN correspondent Chris David –  has issued the first detailed breakdown of the bid made for the extra cash by Penarth Arts and Crafts Ltd .

The £126,000 grant – all of it public money – was given by what’s called the “Resilient Heritage Grant Programme” to  Penarth Arts and Crafts Ltd.

The budget submitted by PACL as part of its bid for the grant was as follows:-

  • Professional Fees: Programming and community engagement advice £20,000
  • Professional Fees: Commercial/Retail consultant/VAT advice £15,000
  • New Staff:  Temporary Bookkeeper £18,000
  • New Staff: Temporary Building management and operations  £30,000
  • New Staff: Temporary Volunteer Coordinator  £22,500
  • Audience Research  £3,500
  • Fundraising training for volunteers and staff  £5,000
  • CRM [ i.e. Customer Resource Management] database and advice on procurement £5,000
  • External evaluator £3,500
  • Contingency allowance for an increase in audience research and CRM £2,500
  • Volunteer advertising and recruitment £5,000
  • Delivery of recommendations from commercial consultancy £10,000

Total £140,000

The total amount of cash requested by PACL (£140,000) was evidently cut back 10% by the Heritage Lottery Fund .

Richard Bellamy of the Wales Office of the Heritage Lottery Fund

HLF Head Mr Bellamy says in his letter to Mr David “As I stated in correspondence to other concerned residents of Penarth, Penarth Arts and Crafts Ltd acknowledge that they face serious challenges  in securing a sustainable future for  the Pavilion Building.  The fact that they have had to apply for a Resilient Heritage Grant is evidence in itself.  The Heritage Lottery Fund  alongside other funders have invested significant sums of money in restoring the building and we want to see it succeed as a community resource for Penarth.  If nothing was wrong with way the building has been run in its first three years and every decision that had been made was the correct one, then further support to enable change would not be necessary.  It is clear that this is not the case and the Heritage Lottery Fund has made the decision to award a grant to enable change to happen.”

Mr David, in correspondence with Richard Bellamy, had said Please tell me why you think it’s acceptable to support a company funded by the public that won’t make public its management meeting minutes and accounts.”

Mr Bellamy says in reply ” My understanding is that under this legal status it is not obliged to make public minutes of its management meetings.  Penarth Arts and Crafts Ltd publishes its annual accounts in the usual way for charity with this structure.  The accounts can be viewed using the Charity Commission Website – https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/charity-commission.”

The new Conservative administration in the Vale of Glamorgan Council has already announced that it will carry out a “review” of the terms on which the Penarth Pier Pavilion was leased to PACL for 125 years.

The Vale Council’s forthcoming “review” of the Pier Pavilion lease has been attacked by Labour MP for Cardiff South and Penarth, Stephen Doughty who says “as anyone who’s been in politics knows, a promise to “review the issue” is not a commitment of any substance”.

 

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16 Responses to SPELLED-OUT FOR THE FIRST TIME – WHAT PACL PLANS TO DO WITH THAT £126,000 LOTTERY GRANT

  1. Chris David says:

    Regardless of legal obligations it is lunacy for both the HLF and the VoG NOT to tie PACL into a full disclosure and reporting arrangement. Derelict in fact and those responsible in both organisations should be removed. Also you will see from the heading above much of this is public sector / charity jargonised gobbledygook. Amateurs playing at pseudo business speak. Nonsensical and shows an absolute non- understanding of business practice. Now we should demand to see the management accounts and see how this money- your money was allocated spent and recorded.

  2. andrewsketty says:

    Seeing the breakdown is eye watering so well done to Chris David for prizing another seemingly well hidden piece of this sorry jigsaw ….sounds like money for old rope and jobs for the boys/girls. It is interesting to hear that Lis Burnett was involved in this bid.

    Contrary to what Lis thinks I have no axe to grind against her personally and am in no way being party political over this matter. It just so happens that all the characters involved until May were Labour. Now that the Vale is effectively Tory controlled let’s wait and see what they do – as Lis herself but into a social media post to me ‘ Best of luck with the new administration’

    The fact that so many people in positions of authority have chosen to operate so secretively and with no open engagement has led to a lot of suspicion and even anger which the like of Lis Burnet then take personally. In a recent post on Stephen Doughty’s Facebook page a local resident responded to my post asking what can happen going forward in terms of intervention by eg VoG with PACL. Lis Burnett saw this and posted the following comment to the lady ‘Give me a call if you’d like the full background. Mr Jones versions are incomplete. There is a lot of background he would not be aware of. Stephen, VOG council and I have had many discussions with a range of stakeholders.’

    To that I posted ‘Hello Lis. If there is additional information on this that the wider public of Penarth are not aware of that you wish to share with Ceri then it would surely be in the public interest to make public. I have been gobsmacked by the secrecy, lack of transparency, non engagement and protection of PACL over such an important local issue.’

    Lis’s response to that was ‘ Sorry Andrew I will not be updating you as it just ends up misrepresented on the blogger site and in your post above. I was completely open with you but my comments were published selectively and inaccurately. Interestingly a lot of stakeholders have also worked that out. Best of luck with the new administration.’

    I was concerned about the accusations she was publicly levelling to me and felt compelled to respond as follows ‘ I didn’t ask that you notify me personally of the relevant information about PACL that you have offered to share with Ceri. I asked that you make it known publicly..eg on this post ..so that everyone is made aware. As you know there are a lot of angry residents in Penarth about PACL’S management of the Pavilion and closure of the cinema. Aren’t we all entitled to this information not just selected individuals? You may well criticise me for my role in highlighting our concerns but I make no apologies for this. Over the past few months many people both young and old have thanked me for keeping up the campaign and for the open communications. The future of the Pavilion and cinema is too important. I am entirely non partisan over this matter too. I am quite clear that I have not misrepresented you or anyone else over this matter. I have neither the need nor the desire to do that. The future of our cinema and Pavilion is too important for games. As for the comments made above that are attributed to you I stand by these. Another member of the Civic Society was present at the meeting and copied into the subsequent e mail so I would have no reason to not be truthful. I have broad shoulders and can take criticism. However to say ‘ …. but my comments were published selectively and inaccurately. Interestingly a lot of stakeholders have also worked that out.’ on a public post does require an explanation 1) what stakeholders are you referring to? 2) and what have they worked out? I would be grateful for clarification on this. Many thanks’

    Disappointingly I have had no response to this nor the follow up reminder post I wrote….

  3. What utter nonsense

    Stop the spend snd stop the rot.
    What was our 6 million pounds in the Pacl pot ( and Penarth pier ltd team advising them I’m sure) spent on first ?
    Where is our public enquiry new Vale and Penarth teams in the council ?
    What about the 125 year lease?
    What marketing or destination cultural management professional experience does Liz Burnett have to propose anything in this area?

    The use of this public money isn’t properly allocated let alone the 6 million we would argue

    We, the sos team who love ❤️ fair and open professional dealings in Penarth, are waiting for Bob who is championing the gem our cultural pavilion fiasco as promised, with the new leader and executive MD of the Vale

    The people who voted you guys in want a meeting and all held to account. The chair, trusted trustees 50 of them who come and go like there’s no tomorrow and politicians past and present. Liz Burnett, Tony Hazel we look forward to hearing about your business and marketing credentials and strategy and your numbers for 2016. Accounts still not available what a surprise

    • Amanda says:

      Should be reported to the DTI. How is it possible to be a Limited Company and have Charitable Status.Asking for trouble. Too much scope for corruption.

    • Peter Church says:

      You go get them Girl ❤️

      PS When you have sorted this out how about going to Qatar and having funding raising dinner to sort their local difficulties with the UAE?

    • Ralf says:

      Well obviously none – otherwise they wouldn’t be outsourcing it would they.
      Presumably this gives you the opportunity to boast your own credentials – for what they’re worth.

  4. Local Eye says:

    Well that’s another £130k hosed down the drain. Nice work if you can get it. What happens in 12 months time? Let me guess oh Pacl has run out of money and all the temporary staff are looking for new jobs.
    How many people do you need to run a whelk stall and an empty room.

  5. Nincompoop says:

    Thank you to Chris and Andrew for making sense of this fiasco, it’s a shame Lia Burnett has taken things so personally as in reading your post it came across as anything but personal. I guess individuals start getting uncomfortable when they are being held to account . I’m so pleased those involved have championed this as it would be such a shame to see all the previous hard work be wasted and for Penarth to lose this gem. PS Page1 world blog the phrase ” pot calling the kettle black” seems to be appropriate as you have still not publish your accounts as previously requested by PDN readers.

  6. Grey local says:

    Perhaps the Penarth CivicSociety could shed some light on this matter

  7. Lord of the Bay says:

    Isn’t that nice Mr Doughty MP sorting all this out?

  8. Dizzydeb says:

    Wow how do I apply!!!

  9. andrewsketty says:

    I was shocked to read that HLF Head of Wales Richard Bellamy says in his letter to Mr David “As I stated in correspondence to other concerned residents of Penarth, Penarth Arts and Crafts Ltd acknowledge that they face serious challenges in securing a sustainable future for the Pavilion Building. The fact that they have had to apply for a Resilient Heritage Grant is evidence in itself. The Heritage Lottery Fund alongside other funders have invested significant sums of money in restoring the building and we want to see it succeed as a community resource for Penarth. If nothing was wrong with way the building has been run in its first three years and every decision that had been made was the correct one, then further support to enable change would not be necessary. It is clear that this is not the case and the Heritage Lottery Fund has made the decision to award a grant to enable change to happen.”

    I cannot believe that with the scrutiny that the Big Lottery put applicants through and the hoops you have to jump through along the way that they would not see serious red light warnings. No Mr Bellamy the fact is that as there are clearly things wrong with the way the Pavilion was being run and that decisions made have not been the correct ones then this supports the fact there are serious concerns about PACL’s management so to award MORE money to the SAME group of people without any changes at the top is unbelievable

    The list of items in the proposed budget for all manner of consultancy and temporary staff has already been awarded substantially and has ended in disaster. £5k to recruit volunteers???? Are they serious when organisations like GVS in Barry will find volunteers for free. They want to spend £5k on this when they have spent next to nothing on marketing the Pavilion Cinema. Scandalous in the extreme

    • Dewi says:

      Ummm why didn’t the create a staff structure to meet the requirements of running such a building and put qualified staff in these roles from the off set? Or at least as soon as it became apparent what was required. Why can’t they do that now?

      • Chris David says:

        Because they haven’t got a clue and neither have HLF or VoG. Amateurs all. What should have happened is this. Sack the PACL board. Audit the accounts -statutory and management. Set up new business with a professional 3 year business plan that included a marketing / sales plan (of course) All that ridiculous gumf above would have come under marketing and restructure without the silly headings.Restructure, new management and an absolute tie down that all meeting minutes, accounts etc are open to regular and on demand scrutiny. Most of the £140 k could have been used as working capital. Instead its gone to pay so-called consultants and advisors. The next question is who received the money? I’ve written back to Mr Bellamy re this matter here- someone else ask where’s the money gone under an FOI.

  10. 92 and a social butterfly says:

    Bunkum. I vote they spend the money on free 99s for everyone, gluten and dairy free available, choice of sauce.

  11. mikeyorke says:

    I wish I could get my hands on just a fraction of the money they are receiving to continue to grow my business. A successful business at that employing 3 people so far.

    But it’s ok, I shall continue to work hard, develop my staff and grow as and when I can.

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