Developers show interest in Rhyl's leisure facilities set to include 'new' Sun Centre


Matt Jones

AN 'encouraging number' of developers have said they are interested in taking on Rhyl's coastal leisure facilities.

Last month Denbighshire Council said it was looking for a private development partner to invest millions of pounds into all of the council's land and properties from Marine Lake to Splash Point, with the main focus remaining an aquatic centre to replace the Sun Centre.

Council leaders have said private funding is 'better' for the long term future of Rhyl with the continued uncertainty over local government budgets.

The deadline for expressions of interest was August 8.

A council spokesman said: "Following the release of our invitation to the market, we have received an encouraging number of expressions of interest in the development of the coastal facilities in Rhyl.

"Our next step is to evaluate the expressions of interest we have received.

"This will be completed by September 19, at which time we will invite the shortlisted companies to submit a more detailed proposal.

"We aim to complete the evaluation of those and be in a position to choose our preferred development partner by early spring 2015.

"The interest to date has confirmed our belief in the attractiveness of the investment opportunity available and we are excited about the potential options that could now be developed as a result."

One development partner is being sought for all the facilities, although this could be a consortium.

Plans for a new £10million aquatic centre were first announced in January lat year, but so far no progress has been made.

The Sun Centre attraction came to the end of its life after 32 years after Denbighshire Council said it would prove too costly to re-open.

The council's cabinet withdrew funding of £200,000 for 2014/15 for Clwyd Leisure, the non-for-profit company which ran the Sun Centre along with the Nova Centre and North Wales Bowls Centre, and the firm cased trading earlier this year.

The Prestatyn Nova will remain closed until a refurbishment is completed in 2015.

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