Christmas has come early for Penarth following the reopening of its iconic pier pavilion, set to become a multi-purpose complex for local residents.

Originally opened in 1930, the building was a hub for community activity and seaside entertainment – used as a cinema, dance hall, nightclub and snooker club over the years.

Nearly 80 years on, the Grade II listed building was a shell of its former self and in a dilapidated state. As a result the charity, Penarth Arts and Crafts LTD, formed in 2008 to renovate the pier using a Heritage Lottery Fund grant.

Following a refurbishment worth £4.1 million, the pavilion building is now open to the public, including features such as a café, bar, 70-seat cinema and meeting rooms. The main hall will be used as an exhibition centre and ballroom.

With its breath-taking views over the Bristol channel, the pavilion will become a cultural centre and invaluable community resource for residents, even offering services for veterans suffering post-traumatic stress disorder, carers of people with Alzheimer’s and dementia sufferers.

As a multi-purpose centre fit for many uses, the restoration is brilliant news for anybody living in Penarth or looking to buy. The building will create a modern entertainment hub with a vintage twist for the area, which has already been voted one of the top places to visit in the UK by The Times.

The revamp will help to attract more prospective house buyers and holidaymakers, cementing Penarth as an ideal place to visit and live, helping to boost house prices.

Ultimately, there is no doubt that the pavilion will become Penarth’s significant attraction and a natural part of family life – whether it’s watching a new film, hosting a glamorous ball or even a life-changing meeting. From business owners, stay at home mums and the elderly, it will draw in people from all walks of life pleased to see it restored to its former glory.




Tony Jones, Managing Director of ACJ Properties


Our Managing Director Tony Jones, who has consistently campaigned for better standards in the rental sector, has welcomed the passing ofWales’ first Housing Bill.

Mr Jones, appointed as the Welsh representative of the Association of Residential Letting Agents (ARLA) in December 2012, has been fundamental in ensuring more letting agents become ARLA accredited as part of a drive to improve standards in the sector.

Last month, the Welsh Government published its first Housing Bill. The Bill aims to tackle the poor practices of landlords and the amount of empty homes inWales.

The Bill follows plans originally outlined by ministers in May last year to tackle conditions in private rented homes.

The Welsh Government’s White Paper – that set out its intentions for the Bill – includes a proposal to ensure that all landlords sign a compulsory register before taking on tenants.

It highlights that, although there are many good landlords, tenants are sometimes put in poor circumstances by rogue landlords, resulting in many being left vulnerable to “poor conditions, insecurity and, sometimes, threats of eviction”.

Father-of-five Mr Jones, who lives in Penarth and has been running ACJ Properties since 1993, said:

“I am delighted that the Welsh Government has passed a Housing Bill to tackle unscrupulous landlords. My role as the Welsh representative of ARLA has allowed me to champion an improvement in the quality of rented property and its management in the private sector.

“With so many people choosing to rent, as a result of not being able to get onto the property ladder, there is a need for landlords to be aware of their obligations, particularly the increasing amount of legislation.

“The Welsh Government has identified for some time the requirement to improve the standards of accommodation in the private rented sector. Under the proposals set out in this Bill, landlords will need to go through a rigorous assessment process to become licensed, or appoint a licensed agent to represent them, which will go a long way to improve high standards of service and accommodation across the country.”