The Kymin in Penarth could be sold off and turned into a restaurant or hotel

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The Kymin in Penarth, a popular wedding venue and erstwhile community centre, could be sold off and turned into a restaurant or hotel.

The Victorian house and gardens on Beach Road, north of the Esplanade, had been let by Penarth town council since 1982.

But the town council surrendered the lease last year due to a funding row with the Vale of Glamorgan council which owns The Kymin.

Since the Vale council took over managing the site, residents have complained about the condition of the gardens getting worse.

Councillors on the Vale cabinet will decide whether to put The Kymin and part of the gardens up for sale. Some of the gardens will remain in public ownership.

The house could be marketed as a restaurant or hotel, according to Miles Punter, director of environment and housing, in a report to cabinet. Mr Punter said The Kymin was “surplus to requirements”.

The Vale council offered The Kymin to the National Trust and the Landmarks Trust, who both declined to take it on.

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Council leader Neil Moore said: “The Kymin is one of Penarth’s most well well-known buildings. The options we are considering represent a fantastic opportunity to reinvigorate it for the benefit of the local and wider community.

“This is a chance to write the next chapter in this venue’s history. I am also very pleased that our plans will continue to provide public access to much of the grounds as I know this is a valued local amenity in the area.”

Gary Allman, a Penarth town councillor, said The Kymin belongs to the “people of Penarth” and criticised the Vale council for considering selling it off.

Cllr Allman said: “Setting aside the silly spat between Penarth town council and the Vale council, both Labour-led, it needs to be made clear that The Kymin belongs to the people of Penarth.

“It was bought and paid for by the town’s ratepayers in the days of Penarth Urban District Council — and it is old-fashioned rates and council-tax payers’ money which has maintained the estate. Liaison needs to take place to ensure that money is aside to support this asset.

“I want to make it crystal clear that the Vale council has no right to deprive the people of Penarth of such a major public asset — and one which they have paid for.

“The Kymin is as much a key feature of Penarth as is the Pier, the Esplanade, Turner House, the Paget Rooms, Alexandra Park and Windsor Gardens.

“What has been lacking over recent years is proper stewardship. It is, in the main, Labour councillors who have been responsible for letting The Kymin and its grounds go to seed.

“It is now the responsibility of all of us to ensure that The Kymin and its peaceful surroundings are not lost to the town. If it’s lost now, it will be gone forever.”

The Vale council will discuss with Penarth town council and local community groups for help to maintain the parts of the gardens which will remain in public ownership.

Councillor Rhiannon Birch, leader of Penarth town council, was approached for comment.



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