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Porthcawl pavilion to become temporary council offices

Griffin Park Porthcawl (Pic: Google Maps)

PLANS for Porthcawl Town Council to convert the first floor of Griffin Park Pavilion into temporary office space has been approved.

The move will now see three members of administrative staff from the town council relocated to the building for a temporary 18 month period, in order to make “significant cost savings” as well as having all workers under one roof.

Porthcawl Town Council currently holds its meetings at the YMCA building on John Street Porthcawl, as well as leasing office space on Mary Street, though a report given to members said that in July of this year they have an opportunity to opt out of this lease, instead using the upstairs space in the pavilion.

The report read: “The proposed development seeks a change of use of the first floor of Griffin Park Bowls Pavilion, Porthcawl to office accommodation for use by Porthcawl Town Council.

“The existing storage space within the first floor/roof space of the building is to be converted to an office use to accommodate 3 members of administration staff of the Town Council between Monday and Friday.”

The building, based in the popular Griffin Park is located next to a bowls green and a children’s play area, and is currently used by a number of local groups such as a bowls team and veterans group.

As such the proposals drew objections from a number of residents and members who said that the conversion of the site could result in the loss of an important  leisure facility in the town, which offers a vital service to veterans and their families as well as one of the only sports buildings for the elderly in the area.

However officers responded by saying that the temporary change of use would not restrict the public use of the facility as it would only be in part of the building and not the whole thing, with no alterations to the fabric of the building being planned.

Other issues were raised over car parking provision, highway safety and disability access at the site, though officers said they were supportive of the scheme on a temporary basis for data to be gathered, with the council having to make arrangements to address disability access if necessary.

The temporary change of use was later granted by councillors after lengthy discussion, with conditions added for a management plan and the addition of a bollard to control access to the car park.

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