Agenda Item No
The Vale of Glamorgan Council
Cabinet Meeting: 17th September 2012
Report of the Cabinet Member for Leisure, Parks, Culture and
St. Paul's Church, Penarth
Purpose of the Report
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.
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
That the results of the consultation exercise be reported to
Reasons for the Recommendations
To ascertain the local community's views on the future of St.
To inform Cabinet of the community's views.
A report on the future of St. Paul's Church was considered by the
former Cabinet on 29th February, 2012. Cabinet Minute C1646
(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.
That £250,000 be
contributed from the Penarth Heights S106 funding at a future date
subject to satisfactory consultation under established S106
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
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.
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
Relevant Issues and Options
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.
It is anticipated that this exercise can be undertaken before
Christmas 2012 using the services of the Council's consultation
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)
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
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
12. There are no equal
opportunity implications associated with the consultation exercise
although it is highly likely that issues will arise when analysing
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
Relevant Scrutiny Committee
17. Economy and
Dave Knevett, Operational Manager Leisure and
Tourism, Tel: 01446 704817
Operational Manager, Legal
Operational Manager, Property
Director of Finance, ICT and Property
Operational Manager, Strategy and Support.
Council's Consultation Officer
Community Centres Officer
Mr. Rob Thomas, Director of Development