North West Wales

Pwllheli sailing and events academy plans go on display

An architect's impression of the development
Image caption The £8.3m project has secured some £4m funding from the Welsh government

Plans for a multimillion-pound national sailing academy and events centre in Pwllheli on the Llyn peninsula have gone on display.

An information day is being held between 12:00 - 20:00 GMT on Tuesday at the Gwynedd town's sailing centre.

Local architects selected to design the development will be available to discuss the proposals.

They will remain on display for the rest of the week, and will be on show at Neuadd Dwyfor from next Monday.

Gwynedd councillors refused a £3.8m plan to create 300 new berths at the marina, Hafan Pwllheli, in 2005.

Opponents feared the project could undermine the Welsh-speaking community.

But supporters for the project had argued it would provide a huge economic boost to the area.

Since then the plans for the academy have been more widely welcomed because the marina itself will not be extended.

The £8.3m project has secured about £4m of funding from the Welsh government through the European Regional Development Fund and the Targeted Match Fund.

Councillor John Wynn Jones, who is responsible for local economic issues on Gwynedd council, said good progress was being made on the project, and building work was set to start this year and finish in 2013.

"The architects appointed by the council have come up with an exciting initial design for the development, and we hope that as many local people as possible come along to the consultation day to let us know what they think," he added.

"This event is the first phase of this process of contacting, consulting, and listening to the community."

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