The Vale of Glamorgan Council has been listing the assets it currently owns , indicating which ones it wants to retain ownership of and which ones it might be prepared to transfer to local town and community councils – like Penarth Town Council.
The Vale of Glamorgan Council has now defined as “strategic” its ownership of
- Penarth Pier
- Penarth parks and gardens such as Windsor Gardens and Alexandra Park,
- The Kymin in Penarth and the land around it
- Cliff Top car park
The council says these assets have been classed as strategic “by virtue of them serving visitors from outside of the Vale area as well as providing for local communities.”
The Vale Council has is developing a “a protocol for considering requests from Town & Community Councils for the operation and transfer of assets or services based on a set of engagement principles.”
That means that the Vale Council would NOT consider transferring these “strategic assets” to bodies like Penarth Town Council
However the Vale Council MIGHT consider transferring so-called “non-strategic assets” to Penarth Town Council. These are defined as “allotments, bowling greens and small local parks and areas of public open space.”
The Vale Council says that Penarth Town Council would need to demonstrate it could operate these non-strategic assets at the same – or lower – cost to local residents.
The “non-strategic assets in Penarth are listed as :-
- The allotments at Cawnpore Street, Cogan, Penarth
- The public conveniences at Albert Road, Penarth
- The community centre at Glyndwr Avenue, Penarth
- Belle Vue Gardens, Penarth
- Cogan Recreation Field
GRASS CUTTING : In 2000, the Vale of Glamorgan Council generally cut grass on 16 occasions per annum but as a cost-cutting measure has now whittled this down to 8 cuts a a year. The Vale COuncil says Penarth Town Council ” may choose to enhance this level of service” and could either pay the Vale to do it or undertake the job itself.
The entire issue is due to be further discussed at a meeting of a Vale Council Scrutiny Committee next week.