Plans for St Paul’s Church to be discussed by Vale Cabinet


Published 18 March 2015


The Vale of Glamorgan Council’s Cabinet will discuss initials plans put forward by a local social enterprise to convert St Paul’s Church in Penarth to a mixed use community space at their meeting on 23 March.


The St Paul's Shared Fitness Space Community Interest Company submitted a bid to the Council during the recent marketing exercise that could see the building converted to a shared community fitness space and provide a home for a number of local groups.


The initial proposal is being viewed positively by the Council and now a more detailed plan is required. The report being considered on 23 March recommends the group be allowed four months to develop their proposal further.


Councillor Gwyn John, Cabinet Member for Visible and Leisure Services, said: “The proposal is very promising but unfortunately did not contain the detailed business plan that is needed for the Council to make a judgement on its viability. We are very keen to see this project move forward and that is why I am recommending that the bidder is given more time to provide the required information.”


Local Councillor Lis Burnett added: “The bid proposes an innovative use of the space and it could be a huge benefit to the local community. While it is disappointing that the local boxing club have not taken up the opportunities they were offered to enter into discussions about taking on St Paul’s on a permanent basis. It is incredibly encouraging to see that a group of local people have pulled together to develop a plan that could accommodate the club and bring the building back into use for the wider community. I hope we can work with them to provide the top class facility that Penarth deserves.”