A MILLIONAIRE businessman has said he sees no reason why Rhyl Sun Centre “could not be brought into the 21st century”.
Mo Chaudry, chairman of WaterWorld aqua park in Stoke-on-Trent, visited the site on Friday along with a team of engineers to assess the viability of taking over the “iconic asset” and to develop it into an indoor wet facility.
He said: “There is absolutely no reason why the Sun Centre could not be brought into the 21st century.
“With a bit of imagination and a little bit of capital it could be rejuvenated into something extraordinary.
“What I’ve seen has not disappointed me. It’s not any worse or any better than I expected. I look around and see a sizeable space.
“I’m a businessman and an entrepreneur. I look at things in a positive manner.”
Mr Chaudry estimates that building a new water park from scratch would cost £15m to £20m, but to rejuvenate an “old, iconic asset” would cost “considerably less.”
He added: “The infrastructure here is such that it would cost a small fortune to shelve this for a dry facility. Rhyl requires an iconic asset, particularly in a country that rains. It needs an indoor, wet facility so people can come and spend their money.
“That’s not my decision. The decision would be made by the council.”
Denbighshire Council officers had been in talks with companies about transforming the centre into a dry activity centre and had recommened the council’s cabinet vote to close the Sun Centre as a wet facility.
But last month the cabinet agreed to authorise officers to explore opportunities for operating the Sun Centre by a third party.
Vale of Clwyd MP Chris Ruane said: “The meeting went beyond my expectations.
“I was very pleased with the progress made.
“Mr Chaudry has gone away to look at the details. I feel much more positive than I did last week that the Sun Centre is in with a fighting chance of re-opening.”