NEW plans have been unveiled for Rhyl’s stalled Ocean Plaza project, promising hundreds of new jobs.
More than 350 jobs will be created as part the £55 million mixed-use scheme to include a supermarket, hotel, pub, residential units and landscaping.
Members of Rhyl Town Council will be given a briefing this evening (Weds) by Scarborough Development Group behind closed doors before a public consultation to be launched at Rhyl Town Hall on Thursday.
Representatives from the Manchester-based group took charge of the project two years ago after original developers Modus Properties Limited went into administration.
The new proposals for the site of the resort’s former fun fair are a considerable departure from the original £85m plans unveiled in 2007 that included cafes, restaurants, gym and shopping outlets.
John Bellis, chair of Rhyl Business Group, said: “This is not the project Rhyl Business Group would have hoped for. We would want to see some sort of attraction that would attract more people to Rhyl.
“It is going to create job opportunities and maybe when things pick up the empty space could be used for a visitor attraction.”
West Rhyl councillor Joan Butterfield said: “I’m 110 per cent behind these plans.
“We have got to do something with the site for the people of Rhyl.
“It will be wonderful for the town and the economy of the wider area.”
Lee Savage, development director at Scarborough, said: “We have all worked tirelessly and are really excited to have reached this stage of the project.
“We hope the scheme will appeal to the public and there will be a positive reaction from the people of Rhyl.
“The project will bring much-needed life back into this part of the town, creating hundreds of new jobs and regenerating West Rhyl.”
Exhibitions will be held from 3pm - 8pm on Thursday and 8am -1pm on Friday.