A comment from PACL regarding links with the Vale Council
Jun 06, 2017
We have been made aware of an item posted on the Penarth Daily News blog which reports that, following the intervention of the Conservative candidate for Cardiff South and Penarth, Bill Rees, the Vale of Glamorgan Council have agreed to undertake a review of the lease held by Penarth Arts and Crafts on the Pier Pavilion. We have not had any communication from the Council regarding such a review nor, to the best of our knowledge, have we had any direct contact with Mr Rees. Nevertheless, we would welcome an opportunity to meet with the Vale Council to brief the new administration on the excellent work that we have undertaken at the Pavilion during the past three and a half years and to share with them our exciting plans for the long term future of the building.
The blog post also claims that the Board of PACL are unwilling to work with the Vale Council. This is based on a letter to a local resident which outlines the Board’s position regarding Trustees nominated by the two local authorities. In this respect the Board adheres strictly to the guidance provided by the Charity Commission for England and Wales and on advice given by one of Wales’ leading law firms specialising in charity law. As we reported on this web site in April, following the award of a development grant by the Heritage Lottery Fund, “A key factor in developing our plans for the future has been ongoing discussions with the Vale of Glamorgan Council and the Penarth Town Council and we are most grateful to them for their continuing support. Both councils have a strong stake in the future success of the Pavilion and we recognise the need for a more coordinated approach to managing this iconic facility. Our plans for the future will inevitably involve collaboration with the Local Authority to ensure solutions are ‘joined up’ and maximise the opportunities that exist.”
We will be publishing further details of the development project in the very near future.