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Alys - Web Team Alys - Web Team | 09:28 UK time, Thursday, 29 October 2009

There's bad news for Rhyl this week with the Daily Post reporting that an £85m development is under threat. The proposed Ocean Plaza development aimed to revitalise Rhyl, bringing apartments, a 60-bed hotel, supermarket and pubs to the area where the funfair once stood. But the developers went into administration in June and no-one else has come forward to buy the land. Business owners and residents are concerned that the development may never go ahead.

In lighter news for the town, the Daily Post also reports that Britain's Got Talent favourites Stavros Flatley are to switch on the Christmas lights. The Greek dancing duo will be joined by other entertainers at the ceremony on 19 November.

In Ruthin, a local policeman has praised the town for its community spirit. Rural community beat manager PC Osian Davies has been in post for five months and is quoted by the Denbighshire Free Press as saying that the town's " community spirit glass is very full".

Other stories in the papers this week include:

World's biggest ever Mona Lisa unveiled in Wrexham - The Leader
A giant version of the famous painting has been unveiled at Wrexham's Eagles Meadow shopping centre. It is made up of 86 different segments painted by community groups in Wrexham.

Staff at Wrexham's Glyndwr University to ballot on strike action - The Leader
Staff at the university are to be balloted on strike action following the sacking of the branch chairman of a union. The University and College Union (UCU), claims that Hamish Murphy was dismissed from his post for carrying out trade union activities following a long-running dispute between UCU and the university. Glyndwr University deny the claim.

A campaign for farmers to sell more produce direct to customers launches this winter to boost farm incomes - Daily Post
The Welsh Assembly Government is behind the initiative which will involve a direct sales campaign with consumer advertising, producer events, talks and a regular project newsletter. There will also be a project website to inform producers and consumers of events and the initiative's progress.

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