CONWY County Council will spend an extra £33,000 to adapt a Colwyn Bay Watersports centre for a celebrity chef’s bistro.
Cabinet Members voted in a behind closed doors meeting yesterday(Tuesday) to fund the extra work needed at Porth Eirias to accommodate Bryn Williams, including to upgrade the building’s power supply and meet “higher than expected tender prices”.
Council Leader, Cllr Dilwyn Roberts, said: “A lot of time and energy has been invested into bringing Bryn Williams to Porth Eirias, and we’re fully aware of the frustration people have felt because the bistro has yet to open.
“In the current financial climate it is important that Elected Members have the opportunity to review such matters - it’s public money.
“Inward investment is challenging and sometimes it doesn’t run smoothly, but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t bother trying.”
Cabinet members made their decision based on a “detailed report” on the food offer at the watersports centre.
The report explained that more money was needed than was originally predicted by both the council and Bryn’s bistro to carry out the structural changes and fit-out of the premises.
Members of the council’s Principal Overview and Scrutiny Committee discussed the matter in another private meeting last week.
MP David Jones, who last week branded the watersports centre a “cash-guzzling white elephant”, Tweeted: “Everyone in Colwyn Bay wants to see progress in Porth Eirias.
“It's time we were told when it's expected Bryn will be open for business.
“And it'd be good to be told why a brand new building is apparently not fit for purpose without throwing more public money at it.”