Town manager set for Prestatyn


Jamie Nield-Siddall

PRESTATYN looks set to get its own town centre manager who can sell it to the world.

Town councillors made a unanimous decision to create the new post, which will oversee the whole of the town.

Prestatyn Town Council is hoping to fund the appointment, which has received backing from businesses, along with the multi-million pound Retail Park developers, Stadium, whose £75,000 contribution to the community could fund the move.

Cllr Sherry Edwards said: “It is a town speaking with one voice.

“We want a town centre manager who is going to up Prestatyn’s profile - and also attract more businesses.

“What I don’t want to see 12 months from now is a row of empty shops - this is a pivotal moment for this high street.”

A petition was signed by shop owners in the town and Neil Allum, Secretary for Prestatyn’s Business Forum and Community, said 99 per cent of businesses were in favour.

“Everyone in the town just wants to work together - it is important that whoever takes up the position is a professional who has a lot of experience,” he added.

“We want someone who can sell the town to the world.”

Deborah Dickin, Chair of the Prestatyn Business and Community Forum believes the introduction of the Retail Park will change the dynamic of the town for ever, and a Town Centre Manager is vital.

“It is of vital importance that every effort is made to ensure that the Retail Park and the existing businesses in town seek to compliment each other.

“A large part of the manager’s roll would be to bring other events to fruition, driving footfall to businesses and increasing the towns profile on an international level - the tourism and leisure aspect to Prestatyn must not be back shelved.”

Mrs Dickin added: “Now is not the time to just open the new development and see what happens - now is the time to try new things and to reach for excellence in everything our wonderful town has to offer.”

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