Two former garages and car showrooms in Windsor Road Penarth are named as the subjects of Enforcement Investigations to be carried out by the Vale of Glamorgan Council.
Both the former Monty Smith Motoring Centre and the former Robert Smith car showrooms have been named as being the subject of planning enforcement action.
Neither of the premises have anything to do with the original businesses, which have long since moved out of Penarth.
The former Monty Smith Motoring Centre at 56 Windsor Road is festooned with overgrowth and piles of black bin bags.
Sagging anti-pigeon netting is draped from the portal of the of the former Gulf filling station and local residents are complaining about the neglect of the site.
The Enforcement Investigation relates to “untidy land and building”.
The former Monty Smith premises were reported to have been bought by Cardiff-based X-Stream Holdings Ltd, a company owned by a Penarth businessman Mr Xavier Joseph Rush.
The company, bought the freehold premises for £194,750 – a price far lower than that of a modest house in Penarth
Mr Rush – a New Zealander who is a well-known sports coach and former Cardiff Blues player – has a number of business interests in the UK.
Meanwhile the former Robert Smith car showroom further down the road from the town centre also has rubble and rubbish outside – and it too is now the subject of a Vale Council Enforcement Investigation – also for “untidy land and building”
Planning permission had been obtained to build 12 apartments on the site whilst retaining the original frontage. A gymnasium was supposed to be installed on the ground floor – but nothing has happened on the site for months.
Both cases are currently “under investigation”.