At Penarth Town Council’s HQ last night it wasn’t just the now-redundant Christmas Snowman who was left out in the cold. Journalists were required to leave the “extra ordinary” council meeting

The Labour-controlled Penarth Town Council has – yet again – invoked Section 100A(4) of the Local Government Act 1972 to exclude members of the public and journalists from a special “Extra Ordinary” meeting of the council held last night.

The agenda for the meeting – which is supposed to be publicly available beforehand  – was  was heavily redacted and excluded multiple pages of documents printed on yellow paper which were distributed only to councillors.

Both the Penarth Times and Penarth Daily News were required to leave the meeting for a period of 40 minutes whilst a debate was held in the council chamber.

One PDN source says the long-term financial position of the council, the Paget Rooms, the Kymin and plans to increase this year’s Penarth Town Precept (to be loaded onto the overall Council Tax paid by Penarth residents) were discussed, but PDN has not yet been  to confirm this and has not been allowed access to the council papers.

This is by no means the first time the secretive council has ejected journalists from its meetings.  Last year, the press and public were also barred from attending part of the December 6th meeting of Penarth Town Council or see the relevant council reports – and again the same restrictive legislation was invoked to “justify” the exclusion.

The agenda of last night’s Penarth Council meeting would normally have included the minutes of that December 6th Penarth Council meeting  which were to be “signed off” at last night’s meeting. However a large section of the minutes of that December meeting – covering the section of the meeting from which reporters had been excluded – was missing.


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  1. Papa Lazarou says:

    Democracy only works for the few

  2. Chris David says:

    Thank you for quoting the applicable law PDN- quite refreshing. Yes these regulations should be revoked. There should be nothing of secrecy other that matters of personnel. Why should we trust PTC if they are hiding public matters from their public?

  3. Peter D says:

    It does make me wonder just what our illustrious councillors have to hide.

  4. Andrew Worsley says:

    If they are doing nothing wrong they should have nothing to hide , so clearly they are up to something shady or just plain wrong .This is Penarth not Moscow or Washington or London all of whom engage in deceit , lies and corruption on a grand scale.

  5. John powelll says:

    The town council really seems to have lost the plot. What could they have to talk about that is secret? They’re hardly deploying nuclear missiles or agreeing to spy on Russia …

  6. Peter Church says:

    Maybe they had Lord Anthony Hazel in doing a spot of stand up comedy.
    “did you hear the one about the Cinema that closed; the pier pressure got to me!”

  7. Nincompoop says:

    Ha ha Peter Church you have made me smile! For a moment I thought I was waking up in China where the media are regularly censored but then I realaised oh no it’s just another pathetic attempt by PTC to keep tax payers out of the loop.Shame on PTC, how do honestly expect the citizens of Penarth to have any respect.

  8. Chris David says:

    Ha very good Mr Church, You’re a- pier-ing very funny Still cant find the Hazel chair ….now or ever !

  9. Penileaks says:

    Prepare yourselves for a BIG rise in the Penarth Town Precept.

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