SOUTH Wales Central AM Neil McEvoy will be attending a public meeting to discuss the future of Penarth Pier Pavilion.

Organised by the I Love Penarth Pier group, the meeting calling to "Save Penarth Pier" is taking place at Trinity Methodist Church in Stanwell Road at 7pm.

A petition to save Penarth’s Pier has received more than 1,500 signatures online.

Mr McEvoy said: "Residents have worked very hard to ensure this historic venue remains to serve the local community.

"The public meeting is an opportunity for residents to come along and share their views.

"Local campaigners will be looking to discuss the next stage of the campaign in what I’m sure will be a very engaging and productive evening."

The I Love Penarth Pier campaign group was set up by Penarth resident Nicki Page who has voiced her concerns over the management of the facility by Penarth Arts and Crafts Ltd.

The pier pavilion was re-opened after a £4 million refurbishment in 2013.

But there was dismay in the local community last Spring after PACL announced that the opening hours would be reduced to four days a week and that the cinema would be closed over the summer months.

Various public meetings were held to discuss the future of the pier pavilion last year by Ms Page and former town councillor Phillip Rapier.

PACL has insisted that it is confident it has plans that will ensure the sustainable future of the pavilion and has been working with a number of organisations, including the Vale council, on a long term strategy for the building.