RHYL Sun Centre has been handed a lifeline by a millionaire businessman.
Mo Chaundry, chairman of WaterWorld aqua park in Stoke-on-Trent, expressed an interest in the attraction “if the deal was right”.
He will now meet MP Chris Ruane on Friday to discuss the Sun Centre and the town’s potential.
Mr Chaundry said he was “disappointed” Denbighshire Council had not been in touch with him, but a spokesperson for Denbighshire Council said “anyone considering interest in the Sun Centre” can contact them.
Mr Chaudry, who paid a visit to the centre as a sports science student, said: “It’s an icon and it has been really one of the tourism anchors in Rhyl as far as I’m concerned. It has been the Rhyl landmark for years.
“It does need regeneration. This visit is part of my due diligence - I work in the private world and for a lot of that you have to base it on instincts, on your gut.
“I don’t really have much of an understanding of Rhyl, so I need to check all that out and look at the extent of the problems at the Sun Centre.
“It would be premature to make any grand statements at this point but we will be looking at the feasibility of developing the centre and the viability of the business.”
Council officers had been in talks with companies about transforming the centre into a dry activity centre and had recommened the cabinet vote to close the Sun Centre as a wet facility.
But the cabinet agreed to authorise officers to explore opportunities for operating the Sun Centre by a third party.
Chris Ruane MP for Vale of Clwyd contacted Mr Chaudry to discuss his possible interest in reopening Rhyl Sun Centre before passing the information onto Denbighshire Council prior to the meeting.
He said: “We are going to speak about the Sun Centre and I am going to give him a tour of Rhyl; we need to take things forward.
“I am also trying to arrange for people from the hoverlink to come on Friday, so they can meet with Mo Chaundry and have a conversation. We are going to convince Mr Chaudry that the town is moving forward.
“It is clear that the Sun Centre, the Nova and the bowls club suffered from massive under-investment during the Clwyd Leisure days so there is obviously work to be done but I believe this is too good an opportunity to be missed.
“We have a wonderful beach, cycling facilities, the Marine Lake, kite surfing among many other leisure facilities on offer in Rhyl – an improved Sun Centre would be an excellent addition to this.”
Mr Chaundry added: “There’s a lot of similarities between the Sun Centre and Waterworld.
“I’ve been involved with running a waterpark for 25 years, and the issues arising in Rhyl are very very similar to other seaside towns.
“It's very much a seasonal location and part of what I'll be looking at is seeing how to make it a sustainable business all year round."