New funding for Penarth Pavilion Project
9:00am Monday 30th July 2012 in News
Penarth Arts and Crafts Ltd (PACL) have been awarded three new grants, to contribute to the restoration of the pier pavilion.
Among them is £199,000 worth of funding from the Coastal Communities Fund Panel.
The money will fund a two-year project to support a marketing and activities office for the project.
Three full-time positions will be created at the office, to be located at the current pavilion shop site below Windsor Court on the Esplanade until 2013 Ð provided free-of-charge to PACL courtesy of the Viscount Windsor.
The Costal Communities Fund, a partnership between the Welsh Government and Big Lottery Fund, give grants to projects that boost the economic prospects of coastal communities across the UK.
Money has also been provided by the Headley Trust, to the tune of £15,000.
It will go towards the ceramic mosaic - chosen with help from local residents - to adorn the foyer floor of the new Pier Pavilion.
And a Cadw grant for £40,000 will help with the preservation of older parts of the iconic building.
PACL chairman Paul Twamley said: "It's good news all round really.
"The Coastal Communities grant, of which we were one of just five projects chosen from more than 100, mean we can start working on promoting the pavilion to maximise revenue potential.
"That is crucial as it will be vital for the pavilion to operate and be self-sustaining in the future.
"And the contribution from the Viscount Windsor is a great one."
Former PACL leader, and long-term driving force behind the pavilion project, Maggie Knight, now living back in her native Australia, said: "It's great news. The Costal Communities Fund was a revenue grant for marketing and special events I applied for on fast track. Its a real breakthrough for the programme which should provide a good budget."
Penarth Assembly Member Vaughan Gething also welcomed the funding announcement.
"Once it is reopened the Pier Pavilion is expected to attract substantial numbers looking to explore the building and find out more about the area's heritage," he said. "This funding will make a difference to the regeneration of the town's seafront for both visitors and residents alike."
PACL are currently preparing to choose the contractors to carry out the restoration work on the Grade II Listed building.
Restoration work on the pavilion is scheduled to start on September 20, and expected to last for 12 months.
Mr Twamley said the intention was to open for business on October 1, 2013.