THE man described as a focal point for the regeneration of Rhyl town centre has stepped down almost a year and a half into the job.
Town Centre Manager Malcolm Hall has left his job with Rhyl City Strategy, having handed in his notice more than three weeks ago.
Programming Officer Jo Howes, who worked alongside Mr Hall since he was brought in March 2012, said: “I think he felt like he’d done what he could for RCS.
“He did bring some vibrancy and activity into the town, and I think a lot of people are sad to see him go.”
Rhyl City Strategy are still undecided about refilling the position of Town Centre Manager.
Ms Howes added: “But if plans for the regeneration of Rhyl are going to go ahead then we are going to have to bring someone in to the role.”
Malcolm Hall oversaw an increase of more than 100,000 shoppers to Rhyl high street during the run up to Christmas last year, having organised a number of events and attractions like the Winter Wonderland throughout the festive period.
Among his other achievements were Rhyl Shop Fest in October last year, which attracted dozens of businesses and entertainers to the town; the Chinese new year celebrations in February, with dragon dancers and a number of traditional Chinese events and attractions, as well as St David’s Day and Pancake Day celebrations.
Rhyl Town Mayor Cllr Andrew Rutherford said Malcolm Hall’s efforts had a big impact, but regenerating the town was beyond the ability of one individual.
He said: “He worked really hard for the town. He brought in some good ideas and organised some good events.
“He also tried to build a community ethos amongst the businesses.
“But regenerating a town is a huge task and is a massive undertaking for one individual.
“The task of regenerating Rhyl is more than one individual can achieve.”
Rhyl Business Group Chairman John Bellis said he was very disappointed with Mr Hall’s departure.
Mr Bellis added: “Since Malcolm has been in charge there’s been lots of improvements to the town and footfall has been up.
“The town has been buzzing and there’s always something going on.
“Malcolm Hall has been a focal point for that and I think people are going to miss having somebody there, that they can approach knowing he would get things done.”
Vale of Clwyd MP Chris Ruane said: “Malcolm Hall played a very important role in Rhyl and I hope to see it filled quickly.
“I’m sorry to see him go.”