North East Wales

Wrexham beach scrapped through lack of funding

Child on beach
Image caption The beach plan was designed to attract more visitors to Wrexham during the school holidays

Plans to bring a taste of the seaside to Wrexham by creating a beach in the town centre this summer have been abandoned.

Council officials said a shortfall in funding had forced them to scrap the project.

The authority had hoped to secure £6,000 in sponsorship from local businesses to pay for the urban beach in Queen's Square in August.

The plan was designed to attract more visitors during the school holidays.

'Hot potato'

But members of the Town Centre Forum have been told that only four companies responded and the funding was more than £2,000 short of the target.

The forum was told there had also been negative publicity surrounding the event with people writing letters of objection in the local press.

The council's marketing and promotions manager Amanda Davies said the issue had become a "hot potato".

"A lot of work has been put into this and the team working on the idea are gutted. But if we don't have the money, we can't deliver it," she added.

But even though there will be no beach, which was planned for four days in August, the council said children would still have a chance to build sandcastles in the square during national Playday on 7 August."

A sandpit will be among the attractions.

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