Development proposals for Rhyl Sun Centre and Prestatyn Nova given green light


Matt Jones

PLANS to develop proposals for a new Aquatic Centre in Rhyl and the redevelopment of the Nova in Prestatyn, have been approved.

Denbighshire Council's cabinet has agreed to adopt a ‘preferred developer’ approach to the delivery of improved tourism and leisure facilities in Rhyl, including a new Aquatic Centre to replace the Sun Centre and to invite expressions of interest from developers.

This will include development opportunities in all council facilities/land/assets along Rhyl Promenade from Marine Lake to Splash Point.

The council will work with Alliance Leisure to produce a detailed business feasibility study and an appraisal of design and build options for the redevelopment of the Nova and will make a commitment in principle to ring-fence operational savings generated as a result of the re-development proposals to support potential capital contributions from the council towards delivery of the ‘whole project’ .

A spokesman for Denbighshire Council said: "In the short to medium term, the council will be looking to tidy up the Pavilion Theatre and continue a programme of improvements, which have recently seen new dressing rooms, procuring better sound and lighting and tidying up the main entrance.

"The Council is fully committed to keeping and improving the current theatre offer whilst it considers further facility proposals for the coast."

"It's expected that the council will receive development proposals for Rhyl by April, with a preferred developer identified by September.

"A feasibility study will be completed on the Nova redevelopment by April and discussed by Cabinet in the same month."

The report said there were “many risks” associated with the proposals including the closure of the Pavilion Theatre for a significant period of time as well as the possibility a development partner for the plans may not be found or the plans might not be cost-effective.

Denbighshire Council is still waiting to take back control of the sites, along with the North Wales Bowls Centre, after operator Clwyd Leisure went into administration earlier this month.

The council has also agreed to meet with Welsh Government to explore support for a ‘special’ partnership approach to the coastal regeneration.

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