North East Wales

New leisure facilities proposed for Rhyl and Prestatyn

Sun Centre Image copyright Eirian Evans
Image caption Rhyl's Sun Centre recently closed after funding issues

A new aquatic centre is among ideas to develop tourist attractions in Denbighshire's coastal towns which will be discussed next week.

The aquatic centre is proposed for Rhyl, while Prestatyn's Nova centre could be redeveloped.

Rhyl Sun Centre and the Nova shut after Denbighshire council withdrew funding over concerns about their running.

The council said it wanted to enhance the quality of residents' lives, and to attract tourists.

Huw Jones, cabinet lead member for leisure, said: "There is a huge amount of work going on to transform Rhyl's fortunes and we are aware that there is a need to ensure we are providing facilities that will enhance the quality of life for residents and will undoubtedly prove a major draw for visitors as well."

A series of proposals will be put before councillors next week and if approved, the council hopes to receive plans for Rhyl by April, with a preferred developer identified by September.

Ways of securing investment will also be discussed.

The Sun Centre, Nova Centre and the North Wales Indoor Bowls Centre recently closed because of funding issues.

Clwyd Leisure was set up by Denbighshire council in 2001 to run facilities on its behalf.

However, the council's cabinet withdrew financial support of £200,000 for 2014/15 due to concerns over the way the organisation was run.

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