INTERROGATION FOR VALE COUNCIL’S LABOUR LEADER ON PENARTH PIER PAVILION

The Leader of the Vale of Glamorgan Council, Cllr Neil Moore (Labour Cadoc Ward) may find it difficult to answer a challenging question about the council’s part in the Penarth Pier Pavilion debacle when he takes questions from councillors at the televised council meeting tonight

The Leader of the Labour-controlled Vale of Glamorgan Council, Cllr Neil Moore, is to be questioned  about the council’s involvement in the affairs of Penarth Pier Pavilion  in a live television council meeting this evening .

The question however, has not been tabled by any Labour councillor –  and not even any councillor from Penarth  – but by Cllr Kevin Mahoney (Independent Sully).

Penarth Pier Pavilion is now the subject of questions at tonight’s Vale Council meeting

Cllr Kevin Mahoney (Independent Sully) is doing what Penarth councillors have failed to do – and is asking the Vale Council’s Labour Leader awkward questions about Penarth Pier Pavilion

Cllr Mahoney has a reputation for standing-up to, facing-down, and forcing answers out of  the Vale’s Council’s Labour apparatchiks who have been in control of the council for the last  5 years.

In the “Questions” session of tonight’s the council meeting, Cllr Mahoney is to ask the Labour Leader Cllr Moore :-

“Given the £900,000 already given by the Vale to the lessee  of the Penarth Pier Pavilion [Penarth Arts and Crafts Ltd – a.k.a. PACL] ] , what meetings have been held between the Vale administration and Penarth Arts and Crafts Ltd  since the latest crisis and reduction of opening hours of the pier, in order to establish what exactly is going on, and what conclusions have been come to in this matter?” .

Cllr Mahoney has also tabled a number of other questions for  Cllr Moore.

One of them is :-  “Do you feel that it is acceptable that any complaint / inquiry instigated by a Vale Councillor against the actions or behaviour of the Managing Director of the Vale of Glamorgan County Council or other senior officers, has to be actually sanctioned and actioned by the MD himself / herself before being assigned for investigation to a senior colleague of the very person that the complaint / inquiry is being made about, –  rather than such an action being carried out by an independent party unconnected with the person / persons involved.?”

To see the council meeting live on the internet go to  http://www.valeofglamorgan.gov.uk/en/our_council/council/minutes,_agendas_and_reports/minutes,_agendas_and_reports.aspx .

Scroll down to “Council Meeting, Live Webcast” and click on that.

The meeting – the last of the present council before the May 4th elections – starts at 18:05 after what used to be called “prayers” but is now described as a “Non- Religious Moment of Reflection”.

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BIZWATCH: BLOCKBUSTER SIGNAGE GOES – BUT BREWSTONE RE-THINKS RESTAURANT PLAN

The store formerly known as Blockbuster-at 38 Windsor Road as it looked last night

The familiar Blockbuster signage above the former video rental premises at the junction of Windsor Road and Hickman Road is being taken down in moves to spruce-up the appearance of the empty  property.

The premises at 38 Windsor Road were let on a 15 year lease to the Swansea-based BrewStone restaurant chain in February 2015 but there’s been a long delay in renovating and re-fitting because the firm is juggling “other priorities”.

Blockbuster as it was before bankruptcy forced the company’s closure

Now BrewStone say they are likely to revise the plans they originally submitted for the new bar/restaurant and are considering submitting a different scheme for the prominent corner premises.

Eva Longoria was delighted to see an iconic Blockbuster branch in Penarth

In its last hurrah, the vintage Blockbuster signage became something of a tourist attraction for  the town – or at least it was for Hollywood star Eva Longoria when she was filming last year in Penarth.

In the USA  Blockbuster signage has long since vanished from America’s town centres – and for Eva , the sight of Penarth’s old Blockbuster logos was such a novelty, she insisted on stopping her limousine for one last look at what was once the icon of 1980s home-entertainment.

Now the Blockbuster signage that she enjoyed seeing has been taken down, and is being replaced with “temporary plain white frontage” to tidy up the premises, pending the revisions to BrewStone’s planned new restaurant  – which are still in gestation.

What the new BrewStone restaurant was intended to look like in the former Blockbuster premises  . Now the plans are being re-considered

No target date is yet available for the opening of the new restaurant.

Domino’s Pizza had earlier applied for – and received – planning permission for a pizza takeaway in the same premises but then changed its corporate mind and pulled out.

BrewStone’s proposals for the site then followed Domino’s and were also approved by the Vale of Glamorgan Council .

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AS THE WIND WHIPS-UP, PENARTH LIFEBOATS GO THE AID OF YOUNG DINGHY SAILORS

Penarth lifeboats head out to round up Topper dinghies and their crews being swept down-channel by a strong wind and ebb tide. (Photo Penarth Coastguard)

A number of young sailors from Penarth Yacht Club were brought to safety by both Penarth lifeboats last night after the strength of the wind increased unexpectedly as their  Topper dinghies were sailing off Penarth foreshore.

The RNLI’s next door neighbours on Penarth Esplanade – Penarth Yacht Club – requested assistance as the  strong winds,  assisted by the ebb tide,  drove the little craft off-course and down channel towards Lavernock and Sully .

The young sailors of Penarth Yacht Club (seen here in a Penarth Yacht Club library picture) are very competent and well-trained – but last night’s strong winds and ebb tide pushed some of them them off course

Both of Penarth’s lifeboats were launched this evening just after 20:18 following a request for assistance from our neighbours at Penarth Yacht Club.

It took no more than a few minutes for the lifeboats to round-up all the Toppers and bring them and their crews back to Penarth  safe and well, though a little cold. Three of the dinghies were towed back by lifeboat to the slipway at Penarth.

The rescue operation was coordinated by HM Coastguard Milford Haven and Penarth Coastguard officers.

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DRUG-BUSTING PATROL-VESSEL ‘HMS SEVERN’ PASSES PENARTH

The Royal Navy “River-class” offshore patrol vessel HMS Severn passing Penarth Head last night on her way to Cardiff Docks

The Royal Navy’s River-class offshore patrol vessel HMS Severn was passing Penarth Esplanade and Pier last night on her way in to dock at Cardiff.

HMS Severn is the 9th of the class to have entered service – and the first warship in 56 years to be named after the River Severn .

With Steepholm in the background, the two tugs Tradesman and Trueman met HMS Severn off Penarth and had the honour of bringing the Royal Navy patrol vessel into port at Cardiff.

As the lead-tug ,“Tradesman” was on HMS Severn’s bow – but going in reverse – stern-first

As is standard practice entering port these days – a marine armed with a sub-machine gun stood guard on the bridge

In time-honoured tradition a detachment of crew was on the foredeck as Severn entered the Wrach Channel. It’s a warship’s way of indicating she has no hostile intent

The ship carries out fishery protection duties around the UK coast – working with two sister ship HMS Mersey and HMS  Tyne but she has also carried out Atlantic Patrol Tasking – an assignment usually allocated to frigates  or destroyers

Apart from catching trawlers fishing illegally,  Severn has also apprehended the M.V. Carib Palm off the south coast of the England .The Carib Palm was  found to have an illicit cargo of cocaine on board – valued at  £350,000,000.

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NEW APARTMENTS PROPOSED FOR MINT & MUSTARD

The proposed new 1st floor frontage of the Mint & Mustard building – which is to have 5 few apartments created on the upper floors and rear and present a new facade to Windsor Terrace.

A planning application has been made for the development of 5 new apartments at the rear of – and on the two floors above  – the popular Mint & Mustard restaurant at 33-34 Windsor Terrace, Penarth.

The Mint & Mustard restaurant itself, on the ground floor, will remain unchanged.

Four self-contained flats would be created on the upper floors of the building and the rear ground floor would be extended  to “create a single annexe structure consisting of a one-bedroom apartment”.

The two semi-detached houses became merged into Windsor Terrace as the town developed

Numbers 33 and 34 were originally built as two semi-detached houses but “became integrated” into  a larger terrace.

In the 1920s or 1930s the ground floor residential rooms were converted into commercial premises and their front elevations extended. In the 1970s there were further internal adaptations

The rear parking area will no longer be available to commercial premises

The former internal staircases to 34 Windsor Terrace will be removed – with a new atrium staircase being attached to the rear of the building.

The rear car parking space – which is currently used by neighbouring commercial premises – is to be designated parking solely for the use of the new flats.

 

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NEW OPINION POLL SAYS CARDIFF SOUTH & PENARTH COULD TURN TORY

Penarth will be going to the polls in the General Election on June 8th.

The first opinion poll carried out in Wales since the start of the General Election campaign predicts that the Conservative Party can win  the parliamentary constituency of Cardiff South and Penarth – currently held for Labour by Stephen Doughty.

The poll – carried out for ITV Wales and Cardiff University by YouGov – indicates that the Conservatives can not only defeat Doughty in Cardiff South and Penarth but can win the majority of parliamentary  seats in Wales for the first time since 1922.

Professor Roger Scully of Cardiff University

The findings are broadly in line with last week’s predictions by  Professor Roger Scully of Cardiff University. See PDN report http://tinyurl.com/lg6tymw

YouGov quizzed a weighted sample of 1,029 people across Wales with no less than 40% saying they would vote Conservative against only 30% who said they would back the Jeremy Corbyn-led Labour Party .

If the poll’s findings are repeated at the General Election on June 8, the Labour Party will have lost  control of Wales – a country which up until now the party has regarded – and treated – as its socialist fiefdom.

If the poll data is replicated in the General Election YouGov says the Conservatives are set to take the following seats:-

  • Alyn & Deeside
  • Bridgend
  • Cardiff South & Penarth
  • Cardiff West
  • Clwyd South
  • Delyn
  • Newport East
  • Newport West
  • Wrexham
  • Ynys Mon

YouGov predicts that  Plaid and the Liberal Democrats are not expected to make any gains although last week Professor Scully had forecast that Plaid Cymru could take Ynys Mon

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CANAL NARROWBOAT REACHES PENARTH AFTER MID-CHANNEL EMERGENCY

The canal narrowboat Orbis got into trouble in the middle of the Bristol Channel after leaving Watchet this morning.

A 60-foot-long canal narrowboat – which got into difficulties on passage from Watchet on the Somerset coast this morning –  has reached Penarth Marina safely after a combined operation involving a Coastguard helicopter, Barry Dock lifeboat and a Cardiff Harbour Authority launch.

It’s understood the skipper of the narrowboat  had radioed for help as his vessel – called Orbis – began taking on water in mid-channel.

The Coastguard Rescue Helicopter – seen here on a training exercise off Penarth only yesterday – was today involved in a real emergency in the middle of the Bristol Channel.

The coastguard rescue helicopter took off to ascertain the vessel’s position and the big Barry Dock lifeboat was tasked to head out to locate her and escort her to Penarth .

A member of Barry Dock’s lifeboat crew boarded the stricken vessel.

Job done. The Barry Dock lifeboat – escorted the canal narrowboat as far as Penarth Pier and then returned to station at Barry.

The  Cardiff Harbour Authority launch “Harbour 3” accompanies the canal narrowboat Orbis past the Outer Wrach buoy and heading for the locks at Cardiff Barrage

Once the lifeboat and the casualty vessel reached a point off Penarth Pier, the escort was transferred to a Cardiff Harbour Patrol boat “Harbour 3”  to tow the narrowboat in through the locks and into Penarth Marina whilst the lifeboat retrieved her crewman and returned to station at Barry.

 

 

 

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