Mixed response to beach huts


Rhian Waller

NEWS that beach huts may return to the Rhyl shore has received a mixed response.

The recently published Rhyl Going Forward masterplan put forward the possibility of reintroducing beach huts to the seaside town.

Speaking last week, town and county councillor Diana Hannam said the idea was a positive one.

She said: “It would be really good to have nice, old fashioned beach huts, perhaps with the white stripes. We used to have them on the promenade.

“There used to be beach huts, which along with basket chairs, were a feature of Rhyl's Victorian Seaside along with Punch and Judy shows, and of coarse the famous Pier which later burned down. We need to breathe new life into the seafront, whilst embracing its historic roots, which attracted so many tourists to Rhyl.”

Cllr Hannam said that while a lot of money was being invested in West Rhyl as part of the regeneration effort, comparatively little work was seen at East Parade, and she called for increased investment to fund ideas like illuminations on the shore.

She said: “What do we have? What we have is one of the best beaches and promenades. The secret of a lot of sea side resorts is that they enhance their historic facilities.”

The report said consideration would be given to introducing some beach huts to the east of the Pavilion Theatre.

It stated: “As and when funding becomes available, we will be implementing elements of this Masterplan. There are also definite plans to create an outdoor gym near to the stone circle in the East Parade area of the promenade.”

While Cllr Tony Thomas of the Plastirion ward said he supported the idea, saying it would “go down well” with residents, Rhyl historian and former councillor Colin Jones described the beach huts as a tiny part of a “wishy washy” report.

He said: “It is full of vague intentions, misleading and short of hard facts such as cash amounts and dates.”

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