Denbighshire County Council says it is currently ‘designing options’ for the site of the demolished buildings on Rhyl High Street. 

123 and 125 High Street were deemed to be unsafe and a danger to the public, causing disruption in the town centre at the beginning of the year.  

Consequently contractors Wye Valley Construction carried out the demolition of the buildings on behalf of Denbighshire County Council in April.  

But amidst the hullabaloo of the recent local elections, the future of the site has remained a mystery. 

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Now Denbighshire County Council has said today a public consultation process will follow designs for the site being finalised.  

“We are currently designing options for the site and will be undertaking a consultation in the coming months,” said a Denbighshire County Council spokesman. 

“This site plays a part in our wider vision to regenerate Rhyl Town Centre, and any plans, which will be subject to the planning process, will complement other development works involved in this project.” 

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Rhyl West councillor Joan Butterfield said she believed the empty site would be part of a new road-widening and roundabout plan for the adjacent road but admitted she hadn’t seen plans.  

“That bottom site will be left open,” she said. 

“Down there by the Apollo Theatre, the bingo place, there will be some sort of roundabout and a widening of the area there, as a gateway into the High Street. I’ve not seen the plans, apart from what the intention was. Everything has been on hold until the election is over and we get the council up and running on Tuesday.” 

Back in January, businesses said they were furious after sections of the High Street were closed to traffic at short notice. Traders called an emergency meeting and set up an e-petition, fearing the road closures could further damage business after two years of the pandemic.