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Residents rush to share their views on the future of Penarth Pier Pavilion

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Responses to the Vale of Glamorgan Council’s consultation on the future of Penarth Pier Pavilion have been flooding in – and there’s still another week for residents to share their views.

After taking over operation of the Victorian building in late February, the Council began a comprehensive programme of repairs and refurbishment.

The Big Fresh Café has also opened, selling a range of food and drink from local suppliers, with profits used to fund healthy school meals for Vale pupils.

Now the Council is calling on people to have their say on how else the pavilion can fulfil its role as a community asset.

Suggestions include using it for meeting space, talks and classes, pre and after school clubs, as a live music venue, a space for exhibitions, a base for advice and support groups and much more besides.

So far, more than 800 people have completed the online consultation on this subject and anyone else wishing to do so has until Wednesday, April 14.

Residents can also take part by using the ‘voting’ boxes inside the Big Fresh Café area.

Rob Thomas, Vale of Glamorgan Council Managing Director, said: “Having recently taken over operation of Penarth Pier Pavilion, we have quickly set about assessing the condition of the building, arranging repairs and organising for it to be thoroughly cleaned. A café operated by the Council’s Big Fresh Catering Company is also up and running.

“This is a thrilling opportunity to re-establish the pavilion as a focal point for Penarth and a space that the whole community can enjoy.

“We already have a number of exciting ideas for how that can be achieved but would also love to hear suggestions from residents as we enter a new era for this historic building.”

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