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Town council’s bid to turn Penarth’s Kymin into community hub

PENARTH Town Council is putting together a bid for the 99-year-lease of the Kymin, two years after it surrendered the lease over a funding row.

Since the Vale of Glamorgan Council took over managing the site in 2019, residents have complained about the condition of the gardens getting worse, and the Vale council is now advertising the building as a long-lease opportunity.

The marketing brief states that the “existing building should be retained and that the future use of the house and gardens will be limited to community, hotel and restaurant type uses”.

The deadline for submitting tender bids is 12pm on Friday, April 9.

And Penarth Town Council leader Rhiannon Birch has confirmed they will be putting forward a bid.

“Penarth Town Council are pleased to announce that we are putting together a bid to lease the Kymin house and grounds, to be used and enjoyed by the people of Penarth,” she said.

“The basis of the bid is that the Kymin will be will an inclusive and accessible community facility for all residents of Penarth , and welcoming to our visitors.

“We have appointed an expert to write the bid, this is someone well respected in the field , and a Penarth resident.

“She will be seeking to engage with the community , both groups and individuals, so that the bid can reflect the wishes and needs of community.

“Ideas, suggestions  and comments  from interested parties are welcome, please direct these to [email protected].”

Bids to take over the building will be judged on how much money is offered to the Vale council, the range of facilities accessible for the local community, and an outline business plan.

Vale council leader Neil Moore said: “The Kymin is one of Penarth’s most well known buildings set in a superb location. Making it available for lease represents a fantastic and exciting opportunity to reinvigorate the venue for the benefit of the local and wider community.

“This is a chance to write the next chapter in the Kymin’s colourful 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.”

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