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The demolition of Rhyl’s former Sun Centre and a revamp for the Pavilion Theatre could begin this summer.
Developers Neptune have lodged the first phase of their plans for a revamp of the town’s seafront, which include a new aquatic centre and entertainment facilities.
The Liverpool property firm has now submitted proposals to knock down the Sun Centre – two years after its closure – and build a new entrance at the side of the theatre. Work on the site could begin as early as July and be completed by the end of the year, if approved by councillors.
Denbighshire County Council say despite ”nostalgic feelings” among the public for the Sun Centre, money spent on upkeeping the venue since it was closed would be better spent on future projects in the town.
In March, the Welsh Government awarded £3.5 million to the regeneration scheme for projects including detailed designing of the proposed aquatic centre and refurbishing the Skytower as an illuminated beacon.
The council’s corporate director Rebecca Maxwell, said: ”Work on the Cultural & Hospitality Zone of Rhyl’s modernised waterfront will mark the next phase of regeneration in Rhyl…the proposed work has been considered alongside emerging proposals for the Hospitality Zone of the Rhyl Waterfront regeneration scheme in mind. While we are aware that many hold feelings of nostalgia towards the Sun Centre, the building as it exists today costs the council thousands of pounds every year to maintain – money we feel would be better invested in the area’s future.”
”Developments and improvements to the promenade aim to not only benefit Rhyl’s economy through increased footfall from visitors but, importantly, also from Rhyl, Denbighshire and wider North Wales residents to ensure they know exactly what our town has to offer…Rhyl’s new waterfront development will include an aquatic centre to replace the former Sun Centre, and we will be announcing further updates about this development in the next few weeks.”
The Sun Centre was closed for good in February 2014 after the collapse of operators Clwyd Leisure. Despite some efforts to reopen it as a wet tourist attraction, Denbighshire County Council opted to partner with Neptune to develop new leisure facilities along the promenade as part of its coastal regeneration project.
Other plans for the Culture and Hospitality Zone include purpose-built ‘box space’ designed to host events, exhibitions and conferences and a new Travelodge hotel. Neptune are aiming to complete work on the site by September next year.