The long-established Vale of Glamorgan Council “Births Marriages and Deaths” Register Office – which is within Penarth Town Council’s HQ at West House – is to be moved out in the New Year.
The service currently operates from 8;30 to 16:30 Mondays to Thursdays (excluding lunch hour at 13:00) and on Fridays from 13:00 to 16:00
The Death Registration services come under the Vale of Glamorgan Council and will now move to Llandough Hospital – following what’s described as the “success” of a pilot collaboration between the council and the Cardiff and Vale University Health Board.
The Vale Council is now to give notice to Penarth Town Council to bring to an end the Vale’s office accommodation lease at West House .
Cllr Hunter Jarvie, Vale Council Cabinet Member for Regulatory and Legal Services, said: “Over 50% of deaths registered with the Vale of Glamorgan Council’s registration service are associated with deaths recorded at Llandough hospital. By moving one member of staff from the outstation in Penarth to the hospital itself we will make the process of registering a death significantly easier for a lot of families. At what can be a very difficult time a small change such as this can make a huge difference.”
The service will launch initially as a pilot. Feedback will be collected from service users through satisfaction surveys during the pilot period to ensure it is benefiting bereaved families.
The Registry Office at the Vale Council civic offices in Barry will remain open.