A Rhyl water course used as a dumping ground for all kinds of rubbish could be transformed into a wildlife haven.
Environment Agency Wales are hoping to get the go ahead to pump more nearly £400.000 into the area known to residents of south west Rhyl locally as The Cut.
It hopes the injection of funding can be used to create a fishery and allotments for local people.
In recent years complaints have been received that the water course was becoming an eyesore.
Following complaints from local residents various organisations including Keep Wales Tidy, Denbighshire County Council, North Wales Police and probationary services have became involved in clean up operations.
But now Environment Agency Wales, supported by Denbighshire County Council and a grant from the Welsh Assembly Government’s Social and Environmental Regeneration Fund.hope to solve the issue once and for all.
The announcement was welcomed by Vale of Clwyd MP Chris Ruane.
He said: “I have been out and met on site with Environment Agency Wales and the plans sound very exciting.
“When I was growing up on the Rhydwen Drive council estate in the 1960s, this stretch of the Cut was a play ground for the children in the area.
“We made bridges and dams, fished and spent many a happy hour there.
“Now the Cut is no longer used and in parts is potentially dangerous because of the overgrowth.
“This exciting fishery project will actively engage the children from the nearby estates and bring the Cut back into use.
“I would like to congratulate the Environment Agency Wales and all the other agencies which are involved for coming up with the scheme.”