Written by Gareth Joy

£200k revamp for Penarth esplanade

6th October 2021

£200,000 will be spent on an upgrade of Penarth esplanade.

Vale of Glamorgan Council confirmed on Tuesday that the Victorian pier will get a facelift as part of refurbishment work.

The local authority took the pier back in February, after a local arts and crafts firm pulled out.

Work will also start next week on resurfacing parts of the highway between Bridgeman Road and Marine Parade, will be closed during the day.

But businesses on both the esplanade and pier will remain open as normal - including the Big Fresh Catering Company's cafe. It's hoped the work will be completed by the end of the year.

Councilllor Kathryn McCaffer, the cabinet member for leisure, said: ''We know how important Penarth Esplanade is to residents and visitors alike. It is an iconic location that has proved popular for more than 100 years and one that we believe has a very bright future.''

''Having lived in Penarth since I was a child, I'm very excited to see how the esplanade and pavilion will look at the end of the works.''

''They, along with the pier, will undergo a comprehensive programme of painting and refurbishment to get them looking back to their best.''

The pavilion and surrounding areas will be painted and refurbished, including railings, benches, bollards, lighting columns, decking, the Pier Head Hut and toilets.

Scaffolding will be erected in some parts to preserve the appearance of the area and ensure minimal disruption to traders.

There's already been some refurbishment work in the area, including road resurfacing and pavement alterations.

The road resurfacing work will run from Monday 11th October to Friday 22nd October.

Councillor Kathryn McCaffer added: ''We hope that will make the area even more appealing, increasing visitor numbers and boosting the local economy.''

Since the easing of COVID restrictions, the pavilion cinema and bar have reopened and talks are continuing on bringing more musical and artistic events to the venue.

A recent public survey offered up more suggestions - including using the building as a street food space and holding classes and group sessions there.

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