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PENARTH PAVILION: Could become live music venue or exhibition space

PENARTH PAVILION: Could become live music venue or exhibition space

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Penarth Pier Pavilion could soon become a live music or an exhibition space as a major refurbishment is underway.

Vale of Glamorgan council is refurbishing the art deco building on Penarth’s seafront, after taking it over from the charity Penarth Arts and Craft Limited in February.

Plans for the pavilion include a new cafe, which opened last month, run by the council’s own Big Fresh Catering Company.

A public consultation on what the building’s future use should be runs until Wednesday, April 21. So far more than 1,000 responses have been sent to the council.

Rob Thomas, managing director of Vale of Glamorgan council, said: “Having recently taken over operation of Penarth Pier Pavilion, we have quickly set about assessing the condition of the building, arranging repairs and organising for it to be thoroughly cleaned.

“A cafe operated by the council’s Big Fresh Catering Company is also up and running.”

The Big Fresh Cafe is selling food and drink from local suppliers, with profits going towards healthy school meals for school pupils in the Vale of Glamorgan.

The council has suggested using the building for a live music venue, an exhibition space, or a meeting space for talks, classes and after-school clubs.

People interested in suggesting ideas can fill out a survey on the council’s website or use voting boxes inside the Big Fresh Cafe.

Mr Thomas said: “This is a thrilling opportunity to re-establish the pavilion as a focal point for Penarth and a space that the whole community can enjoy.

“We already have a number of exciting ideas for how that can be achieved but would also love to hear suggestions from residents as we enter a new era for this historic building.”

The pavilion had previously been run by Penarth Arts and Craft Limited for several years, but the charity struggled with the ongoing coronavirus pandemic and several directors leaving.

Since taking over the pavilion, the council has been cleaning the inside and outside of the building, checking the fire alarm, addressing electric issues, and improving the heating system.

The council set up the Big Fresh Catering Company in 2019 as a commercial operation preparing school meals for Vale pupils. The company also provides food for businesses and private events across Wales.

Words: Alex Seabrook, Local Democracy Reporter

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