Jenner Park Social Club back under control of the Vale Council
4:51pm Friday 11th October 2013 in News
JENNER Park Social Club came back under the control of the Vale council this week, following 18 months of discussions with the leaseholder.
Thanks to the considerable efforts of council officers on Wednesday, October 9, the council regained control of the building following formal surrender of the lease.
The first job on the council’s list is to reinstall the disconnected gas supply to the building, which will mean the changing rooms at the stadium will be back in use again. As a result, the council has now cancelled the temporary changing rooms which were due to arrive this month.
Barry Town United have welcomed the news and thanked the council for their work.
Immediate maintenance works to ensure that the building is safe and weatherproof will now be arranged by the council. A thorough interior clean and the removal of waste material and debris left by the leaseholder will also be carried out.
Miles Punter, Director of Visible Services and Housing, said: “This is an excellent result for the council, users of the stadium and the local community. We now have the opportunity to ensure the most appropriate future use for the buildings in recognition of their location within the council’s premier sporting stadium.”
Councillor Gwyn John, Cabinet Member for Leisure, Parks, Culture and Sports Development, added: “Jenner Park is a well known sporting venue with considerable history. I am in no doubt that the reputation of this council and higher league football in Barry has been damaged by the irresponsible actions of the previous leaseholder.”
Cllr Gwyn John added: “I have certainly used all my efforts to date to assist in securing the playing of higher league football at the stadium. I now intend to work with officers to ensure that the social club buildings are put to the most appropriate use from both a sporting and community perspective. I would like to thank users of the stadium for their patience while this matter has been ongoing, and in particular the management teams and players of both Barry Town United AFC and Rhoose FC who have been without suitable changing facilities now for a number of weeks.”
A report will be considered by the council’s Cabinet in the near future providing a range of possible options for the building’s future use.