First look at plans for Prestatyn Nova's multi-million pound redevelopment


Matt Jones

THIS is the first look at plans for a multi-million pound redevelopment of Prestatyn Nova.

Denbighshire Council's cabinet will decide on Tuesday (May 27) whether to push ahead with a £108,000 investment to bring the £3.66 million project to the detailed design stage.

The leisure facility remains closed after the council took back control of the leisure centre, along with Rhyl Sun Centre and the North Wales Bowls Centre, after operator Clwyd Leisure went into administration earlier this year.

Jamie Groves, Denbighshire's Head of Communication, Marketing and Leisure, said: "The council is committed to investing in leisure provision that will have a very positive contribution to health and well - being of residents and visitors, as well as the wider development of the local economy and the regeneration efforts.

"We have a strong and proven track record for providing a sustainable and high quality leisure offer across Denbighshire, our own leisure sites being a prime example.

"The Council firmly believes that there is a tremendous amount of potential to create sustainable, modern, fit for purpose facilities at the Nova and we are committed to improving access to high quality facilities which people can enjoy."

Alliance Leisure Services (ALS) have been appointed as the development partner for the redevelopment having worked with the council on the £1.3 million development of Ruthin Leisure Centre which was completed in September, with the project coming in on time and within budget.

Council bosses have previously said they will not re-open the facility until it has been redeveloped.

A report to the committee said a business case prepared by ALS recommended the reduction of overall footprint of the property by up to 20 per cent and retention of the 25m, four lane swimming pool and small splash pool.

It also included the creation of a village changing area to serve the swimming pool, an improved fitness offer with separate fitness changing and the creation of a multi-use space to accommodate current community events and a range of exercise classes and sports clubs.

A large soft play facility with new entrance, reception and café area overlooking the sea was also included along with the creation of two or three promenade side retail units.

Prestatyn Town Council, the Coastal Board and Prestatyn Member Area Group have been consulted on these proposals and are happy to support progression to the next stage.

The report said: "ALS, will provide a fully costed detailed design proposal for the authority to assess further. This will be a fixed cost. Any deviations from the agreed capital sum will be borne by ALS if we proceed to construction.

"At this stage the council is only committing to the costs associated with detailed design and once this is complete, it will then be presented for further consideration."

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