VISITORS to a popular lake in Rhyl will have to pay up to £5 to park at the site from later this month.

Car parks at both Marine Lake and Rhyl Harbour will operate with a pay and display system from Friday, March 22.

Marine Lake is regularly used by joggers and dog walkers, and by groups such as Ocean Beach Water Ski Club, Rhyl Miniature Railway, Rhyl Sea Cadets and Rhyl Yacht Club.


‘Very concerning’ parking charges to be introduced at Rhyl lake and harbour

A letter, dated February 27 and shown to the Journal, was sent to those deemed a “Marine Lake user” from Denbighshire County Council, detailing the future costs of parking at the site.

It read: “Please be informed that, from March 22, the council will be introducing pay and display parking charges for the car park at Marine Lake.

“From this date, all vehicles using the car park will be required to purchase a parking ticket for the duration of their stay.

“Charges will be in line with the council’s parking fees and charges, set at:

March to October

  • One hour - £1.50
  • Four hours - £4.00
  • All day - £5.00

November to February

  • One hour - £1.00
  • Four hours - £1.50
  • All day - £3.00

“Parking will be restricted to marked bays only. All bays, including disabled bays are chargeable.

“A maximum of three parking permits may be issued to each user group. These will be issued on an annual basis and this provision will be renewed annually.

“Permits will be issued from the Harbour Office.

“Should you wish to discuss this matter further, please do not hesitate to contact the Harbour Office.”

This move follows Denbighshire County Council increasing the costs of using its car parks earlier this month by as much as £1.50.

A council spokesperson said: “Due to budgetary pressures, the decision was made by council officers to introduce parking charges at both Marine Lake and Rhyl Harbour."

The decision, and the perceived lack of consultation prior to publicising it, has been criticised by various politicians and councillors, some of whom have called for the council to reverse it.