THERE has understandably been a great deal of concern raised in recent days and weeks, including in the Penarth Times, about the future of the Penarth Pier Pavilion, after changes to opening times were announced, along with the temporary closure of the cinema.
I have had a number of helpful conversations and meetings with both Penarth Arts and Crafts Ltd and the Vale of Glamorgan Council over recent weeks, and I am pleased that a whole series of steps are being taken to ensure the future sustainability of the Pavilion and its activities.
I have of course offered to help in any way possible and I know that the Vale council have also been doing what they can to assist. I know that PACL will welcome all offers of voluntary support, advice and partnerships – and would encourage readers to do what they can to offer support.
Having visited last week, I can confirm that the Pavilion was open, busy, and even with the temporary suspension of public film screenings, other bookings of the cinema are happening.
I’ve written in this column before about the huge efforts that saw the refurbishment of the Pier Pavilion – and how the reopening back in December 2013 was an incredibly proud moment for all those involved, whose efforts helped bring new life to this iconic landmark.
I was lucky enough to be present when the original ‘observatory’ room was officially designated as ‘617 Room’ in honour of the brave airmen involved in the Dam Busters raid of 1943; and I’ve been there for numerous local events, social occasions, and to the cinema.
After three years, it has been possible to analyse all the information on visitor numbers and it has started to become clear what is working and what is not.
Like any charity, a fully sustainable way ahead is vital for the long-term future of the whole project – and I’ll be supporting in any way I can.
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