Plans for multi-million pound revamp of Prestatyn's Nova Centre move a step closer

Published date: 28 May 2014 |
Published by: Matt Jones 
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A MULTI-million pound redevelopment of Prestatyn Nova has moved a step forward.

Denbighshire Council’s cabinet voted yesterday to push ahead with a £108,000 investment to bring the £3.66 million project to the detailed design stage.

Plans include the retention of the 25m, four lane swimming pool and small splash pool, the creation of a village changing area to serve the swimming pool, an improved fitness offer with separate fitness changing and the creation of a multi-use space to accommodate current community events and a range of exercise classes and sports clubs.

A large soft play facility with new entrance, reception and café area overlooking the sea is also included along with the creation of two or three promenade side retail units.
The Nova could undergo a name change, while the Starlight Suite will remain and be ‘modernised’.

The leisure facility remains closed after the council took back control of the Nova, along with Rhyl Sun Centre and the North Wales Bowls Centre, after operator Clwyd Leisure went into administration earlier this year.

Jamie Groves, Denbighshire’s Head of Communication, Marketing and Leisure, said: “This project is seen as one of the main priorities for the town.

“There is a demand for this type of facility. Clearly there is going to be a spin off for businesses and to the econmy. If we create the right destination we want visitors and tourists to come back and use the facilities. The beach here is full on a nice day.

“The best-case scenario is that we could have it open by July next year.”
Council bosses said opening the Nova this year would have resulted in an operational loss and they hope the new facility will see a significant increase in visitors and result in the centre being able to run at a profit.

Cllr Huw Jones, Lead Member for Leisure, said: “It’s full steam ahead. We are determined, as we promised before, that all our efforts will be to restore and enhance what we have got in Prestatyn.”

Alliance Leisure Services (ALS) has been appointed as the development partner for the redevelopment having worked with the council on the £1.3 million development of
Ruthin Leisure Centre which was completed in September, with the project coming in on time and within budget.

Prestatyn Town Council, the Coastal Board and Prestatyn Member Area Group have been consulted on these proposals and are happy to support progression to the next stage.

The report said: “ALS, will provide a fully costed detailed design proposal for the authority to assess further. This will be a fixed cost. Any deviations from the agreed capital sum will be borne by ALS if we proceed to construction.

“At this stage the council is only committing to the costs associated with detailed design and once this is complete, it will then be presented for further consideration.”

Detailed plans are expected to be put to the cabinet in September before the plans are submitted for approval to the planning committee.

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