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Agenda Item No

 

The Vale of Glamorgan Council

 

Cabinet Meeting: 17th September 2012

 

Report of the Cabinet Member for Leisure, Parks, Culture and Sports Development

St. Paul's Church, Penarth

 

Purpose of the Report

1.             The purpose of this report is to seek approval to undertake a community consultation exercise to assist in deciding the future use of the former St. Paul's Church in Arcot Street, Penarth.  

Recommendations

1.             That a comprehensive community consultation exercise is undertaken in the St. Augustine's ward of Penarth to obtain the local community's opinions on the future use of the former St. Paul's Church.

2.             That the results of the consultation exercise be reported to Cabinet.  

Reasons for the Recommendations

1.             To ascertain the local community's views on the future of St. Paul's Church.

2.             To inform Cabinet of the community's views.  

Background

2.             A report on the future of St. Paul's Church was considered by the former Cabinet on 29th February, 2012.  Cabinet Minute C1646 stated: 

(1)          That a sum of £250,000 be included in the Council's 2012/13 Capital Programme to allow occupation of the former St. Paul's Church in Penarth by Penarth Gymnastics Club and Penarth Boxing Club.
 

(2)          That £250,000 be contributed from the Penarth Heights S106 funding at a future date subject to satisfactory consultation under established S106 procedures.

(3)          That prior to the commencement of any works, the Director of Legal, Public Protection and Housing Services, in consultation with the Director of Environmental and Economic regeneration and the Director of Finance, ICT and Property, complete new occupation agreements with both organisations with an annual agreed rental fee.

3.             However, there are concerns that the Section 106 funds were primarily secured to provide a community facility in the area following the demolition of the former Harbour View Community Centre for the new Penarth Heights development.  It is arguable whether the provision of a facility purely meeting the needs of two sporting clubs (Boxing and Gymnastics) would achieve this objective and cater for the wider needs of the community.

4.             There are also concerns that the local community has not had an opportunity to express its opinion as to what is required or indeed desired for the area as far as the St. Paul's Church site is concerned.

Relevant Issues and Options

5.             It is, therefore, proposed to undertake a community consultation exercise in the St. Augustine's Ward to ascertain local requirements and also establish what aspirations the local community have for the building/site.

6.             It is anticipated that this exercise can be undertaken before Christmas 2012 using the services of the Council's consultation officer. 

7.             The findings of the proposed consultation exercise will be reported to Cabinet as soon as possible and will inform future decisions relating to the use of the site.      

Resource Implications (Financial and Employment)

8.             It is expected that the consultation exercise costs can be found within existing budgets.  Employment and financial implications will be known only once a decision has been made on the future of the existing building.

Sustainability and Climate Change Implications

9.             Effective community facilities help to promote community cohesion, whilst at the same time reducing the need to travel wider afield to access facilities and services that can be delivered locally.

Legal Implications (to Include Human Rights Implications)

10.        There are no legal implications associated with this report at present. 

Crime and Disorder Implications

11.        Quality community facilities are now proven to assist in the reduction of crime and disorder.  The St. Paul's Church site offers the opportunity to enhance the local community facilities and would be expected to have a positive effect on crime and disorder provided a final use is found for the building/site.

Equal Opportunities Implications (to include Welsh Language issues)

12.        There are no equal opportunity implications associated with the consultation exercise although it is highly likely that issues will arise when analysing results.

Corporate/Service Objectives

13.        To provide opportunities and incentives to attract businesses to invest in the Vale and good quality support for local businesses.

14.        The Council recognises that good community facilities can improve the health and wellbeing of the resident population.

Policy Framework and Budget

15.        This is a matter for executive decision by the Council.

Consultation (including Ward Member Consultation)

16.        Ward Members have been consulted on this report and they are supportive of a consultation exercise.

Relevant Scrutiny Committee

17.        Economy and Environment.

Background Papers

None.

Contact Officer

Dave Knevett, Operational Manager Leisure and Tourism, Tel: 01446 704817

Officers Consulted

Operational Manager, Legal

Operational Manager, Property

Director of Finance, ICT and Property

Operational Manager, Strategy and Support.

Estates Officer

Council's Consultation Officer

Community Centres Officer

 

Responsible Officer:

Mr. Rob Thomas, Director of Development Services.