The Vale of Glamorgan Council has resumed full operation of Penarth Pier and pavilion, after leaseholder Penarth Arts and Craft Ltd surrendered its tenancy.
Citing difficult trading conditions both before and during Covid-19, PACL have handed responsibility back to the council, after just five years running the 128-year old landmark.
“This decision has been taken following a long period of challenging trading conditions,” said a spokesperson for PACL and Penarth Pier Pavilion, adding informal proposals for the commercial running of the pavilion proved “incompatible with PACL’s charitable mission, the terms of the lease from the Vale of Glamorgan and the arrangements with the lottery bodies.”
“As a consequence the remaining directors worked with the Vale of Glamorgan Council, the National Lottery Heritage Fund and National Lottery Community Fund to forge a solution that will allow the pavilion to continue to operate as a venue for the people of Penarth and the wider community.”
The announcement follows the loss of a major anchor tenant in the Waterloo Tea Garden during lockdown, which comes after an ongoing period of financial uncertainty.
Taking control of the pier, the Vale of Glamorgan Council has agreed to maintain the pavilion as a community space and honour the existing event schedule.