GLENYS Jamieson was spot on (letter 9/3/17), they should have based Penarth Pier Pavilion on the successful Chapter Arts Centre model.

I now live in Cardiff but was quite excited, recently, to return to Penarth and its esplanade to enjoy a nice cup of tea and a light lunch at the Pavilion cafe. What was I thinking?

The cafe – and the cinema – were both closed.

One word came instantly to mind – pathetic.

With the right minds and vision behind the project, Penarth Pier Pavilion could have of been a lucrative and thriving social hub – and open.

Is it only a matter of time before we read the headlines: ‘Pier Pavilion closes, Pier Pavilion abandoned and Pier Pavilion derelict’, followed by an interval of 20 years before the Penarth Times reports, either: ‘Pier Pavilion luxury flats go on sale, Pier Pavilion Oxfam mega-store opens or Pier Pavilion crumbles into the sea?’

At least the latter will prove interesting for future archaeologists.

They should make a film about it all – but go to Chapter to see it as the cinema at the Pier Pavilion will probably be closed.

James Hayes-Carter