SECTIONS of highway in Penarth will be temporarily closed - but businesses in the area will remain open.

The £200,000 project aiming to transform Penarth Esplanade includes refurbishing and painting the pier, pavilion, and surrounding areas, along with further road resurfacing.

From October 11 to October 22 sections of highway between Bridgeman Road and Marine Parade will be closed during the day on weekdays while road resurfacing is completed.

The Big Fresh Catering Company’s popular café and other businesses on the esplanade and pier will remain open as normal.

Other work being carried out – and expected to be completed by the end of 2021 includes the painting of:

  • Railings
  • Benches
  • Bollards
  • Lighting columns
  • Decking around the pavilion
  • The Pier Head Hut
  • Toilets

Vale of Glamorgan Council Cabinet Member for Leisure, Arts and Culture, Cllr Kathryn McCaffer, said: “We know how important Penarth Esplanade is to residents and visitors alike.

“It is an iconic location that has proved popular for more than 100 years and one that we believe has a very bright future."


She continued: “Having lived in Penarth since I was a child, I'm very excited to see how the esplanade and pavilion will look at the end of the works. 

“They, along with the pier, will undergo a comprehensive programme of painting and refurbishment to get them looking back to their best.

“We hope that will make the area even more appealing, increasing visitor numbers and boosting the local economy.”

The pavilion cinema and bar have already reopened, and discussions are ongoing over staging more musical and artistic events at the venue.

Other suggestions to come out of a recent public survey include using the building as a street-food space and holding classes and group sessions there.