Penarth Youth Action – the “youth council” which claims to represent all the youth organisations in the town – is leaving Penarth at the end of this month.
The organisation has given notice to Penarth Town Council that it will be vacating the two rooms it occupies at the council headquarters at West House in Stanwell Road, and is said to be moving to the so-called “Space Project” – a ‘hot-desking’ undertaking based at the Vale of Glamorgan Civic Offices in Barry.
Penarth Youth Action (PYA) says it “works with decision-makers to make sure young people’s views and ideas are taken seriously.” PYA had – for example – a major input into the development of the so-called “Penarth Bench” – installed outside Barclays Bank.
PYA’ “youth councillors” – aged between 11 and 18 – are said to be “primarily elected by young people from schools and youth organisations within the town”.
In October 2013 a PYA representative informed Penarth Town Councillors in an open council meeting that young people were using the bus stop at Elfed Avenue as a venue for drug-taking and alcohol consumption – and that the drugs being taken were “not just cannabis – but heavier drugs as well”.
Penarth Town Council immediately attempted to censor the PDN report and demanded the PYA representative who had given the report should not be named. The council also declared that the minutes of PYA meetings – which are supposed to be regularly presented to Penarth Town Council and form part of the official minutes of council meetings – would henceforth be “bowdlerised” to prevent the full public reporting of PYA deliberations.
The two vacated rooms at West House are to be taken over by Indycube Ltd a “cooperative social enterprise” which provides “co-working workspaces where people from varied backgrounds, disciplines and job roles can work together and share resources “. Since 2016 Indycube has been occupying – on a “trial basis” – part of the West House Annexe – the grey office extension at the right of West House.