The Vale of Glamorgan Council is to consider whether to introduce rentable beach-huts – (of the type already installed at Barry) on the beach at Penarth.
The initiative is part of the council’s drive to bring in more “self-generated income” to help fund the cost of existing council services.
Beach Huts :On Monday the Vale Council’s cabinet is to consider an internal report which proposes increasing the charges for some council services – and potentially bringing council Beach Huts to Penarth.
After surviving a disastrous launch and a spell of inept marketing by the previous Labour administration, the Barry beach huts are now in such popular demand that the council is to jack-up the charges for renting the huts by more than the increase in the rate of UK inflation – thereby securing a real-income boost for the Vale.
Allotments: The Vale Council is also planning to increase the cost of renting allotments – although in Penarth most allotments are under the control of the Labour run Penarth Town Council
Filming and Dedications: A review has been carried out of the costs for “filming and dedication schemes” in the Vale . The report says “a consistent set of fees and charges and terms and conditions” has now been introduced and discretion given to council officers to “negotiate on the guide prices for filming”.
Bulky Waste: The council is holding its charges at the current level but has already removed “concessions” (which amount to 62% of all bulky waste collections). The report also warns that currently the collection service is not generating sufficient income to cover its costs. The report also says “It was acknowledged that there was a risk that instances of fly tipping may increase”.
Leisure Services: (eg swimming pools and gymnasiums): Charges for Leisure Services have been increase ” in line with the recommended percentage increase”. However, because additional work is to be carried out on these facilities “a different charging approach” is being recommended in the future particularly where a facility was primarily used by one club or organisation.
Skips in the Road :The duration of the current permits is to be reduced from 1 month to 2 weeks .
Vale Car Parks : Car parking charges at the Vale Council’s coastal car parks are to increase increase to £6:00 for drivers parking for more than 1 hour . The charge for coaches is to rise to £12.00. (There is a 50% discount for car drivers after 16:00 hours). The cost of parking within the Vale’s coastal car parks at Barry Island, Ogmore by Sea and at Southerndown is also being further reviewed – but there is no mention in the report of car parking charges being introduced at the Vale’s Cliff Walk car park in Penarth – where parking is currently free of charge.
Automatic Number-Plate Recognition : The council report says that it is “not currently legal for Local Authorities to use this facility unless there are barriers on both sides [ i.e entrance and exit].