Nicki Page – the prolific Penarth Pier Pavilion activist – has been banned from entering Penarth Pier Pavilion for the whole of 2018.
Ms Page, who last year organised two “SOS” public meetings to protest against the partial closure of the Pier Pavilion and the closure of its integral cinema – was initially banned from entering the Pier Pavilion last summer by the Pavilion leaseholders Penarth Arts and Crafts Ltd (a.k.a. PACL) .
She says this initial ban was due to end on December 31st 2017 – New Year’s Eve However Ms Page alleges there was a contretemps at the Pier Pavilion on January 4th 2018 in which she was allegedly prevented from entering the Pavilion..
Now she has received a new banning letter – this one written on January 5th 2018 and signed by the chairman of Penarth Arts and Crafts Professor Anthony Hazell
The new letter informs her that the ban on her entering the Pier Pavilion has been “extended” until the December 31st 2018.
In his letter, Professor Hazell declares that the sanction has been imposed on Ms Page “in order to maintain the safety and well-being of our staff and volunteers” and says that “this decision has the support of the board of PACL” .
However as there is a gap of 5 days between the end of the initial ban, and the writing of Professor Hazell’s new banning letter on January 5th, there may be a grey area as to whether there was any ban actually in force on January 4th when the alleged incident took place.
Ms Page meanwhile says she has taken up the matter with South Wales Police and has been issued with a Crime Number – 1800008710 – in the wake of the alleged incident on January 4th.
Ms Page had also been prohibited from entering all the premises of Penarth Town Council under the terms of a separate banning order issued by the Town Clerk of Penarth. The Penarth Town Council ban is understood to have followed attempts by Ms Page to place notices for her public meetings on internal council notice-boards.
Ms Page is said to be planning another public meeting in Penarth at the end of this month.