Update on Rhyl Sun Centre – Statement

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Denbighshire County Council has issued an update on the proposal for the Rhyl Sun Centre, as part of the wider redevelopment of the promenade.


Rebecca Maxwell, corporate director at Denbighshire County Council said:


“As part of the agreed plans to redevelop the promenade and boost opportunities for a sustainable tourism economy in future years, plans to demolish Rhyl’s Sun Centre and remodel the Pavilion Theatre’s exterior have been submitted. The proposed work has been considered alongside emerging proposals for the Hospitality Zone of the Rhyl Waterfront regeneration scheme in mind.


“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.


“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.


“Work on the Cultural & Hospitality Zone of Rhyl’s modernised waterfront will mark the next phase of regeneration in Rhyl and if plans are approved, work will start on site as soon as July.


“The recent £3.5million funding received through the Welsh Government’s Vibrant and Viable places scheme has allowed us to accelerate work on many elements of the scheme. 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.


“There are fond memories associated with the Sun Centre, but it is now time to move forward with a promenade which best serves the residents and visitors of Rhyl both now and in the future.”

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Public Asked To Help Terns

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An Appeal by Denbighshire Countryside Services: We need your help protect little terns at Gronant, North Wales 

The little tern is the smallest and one of the rarest terns breeding in the British Isles. They are easily recognised by a short tail, a white forehead and a yellow bill with a small black tip. Little terns begin arriving in mid-April to nest on sand or shingle beaches, spits or small inshore islands around much of the British coastline. They return to Africa in August. Little tern numbers in Britain have been declining since the 1970s due to diminishing suitable habitat, human disturbance, high tides and predation. To help protect little terns, many colonies are extensively managed in Britain.


Gronant is the only little tern colony in Wales. Due to hard work by local volunteers, it has become one of the most successful colonies in the British Isles.  Last year, volunteers helped Denbighshire Countryside Services by monitoring breeding birds, talking to local beach users about the birds, constructing protective fencing and scaring away predators.  These dedicated volunteers gave 896 hours of their time to help 99 little terns fledge at the site.


Denbighshire Countryside Service is a partner in the EU LIFE+ Nature Little Tern Recovery Project lead by the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB). This project is a five-year partnership between 11 organisations working together to ensure the long-term future of little terns in Britain.  Since 2013, through EU LIFE funding of the project, we have increased public awareness, provided new equipment, employed extra wardens at sites and introduced a colour-ringing programme.  Through this programme we hope to discover more about movements of little terns.  So far we have seen birds ringed at Blakeney and Winterton on the Norfolk coast resighted in Gambia.


For years little terns at Gronant have suffered heavily from kestrel predation.  In 2015 alone, we lost 3 adults, 33 chicks and 8 fledglings to kestrels.  During this year’s breeding season, the Welsh Ornithological Society (WOS) are providing funding to try to solve this problem by supplying food for kestrels, as an alternative food source to little terns.  This technique is known as diversionary feeding.  Jack Slattery (LIFE+ Little Tern People Engagement Officer for Gronant) said, “We are very pleased the WOS has provided funding for this project because kestrels are one of   the biggest threats to little terns at Gronant. We have decided to begin diversionary feeding because success scaring away kestrels using starter pistols, air horns and whistles is very limited. We enjoy seeing kestrels, but they are a huge threat to little terns. We hope this project will help both species flourish.”


We welcome new volunteers to help protect this delightful, chattering seabird at Gronant. Between today (Tuesday 3rd May) and Thursday 5th May, we will be constructing protective fencing from 10.00 until 15.00. If you would like to help with this or any other work, please email littleterns@denbighshire.gov.uk or phone 01745 356197.


If you cannot volunteer, why not show your support by becoming a member of the North Wales Little Tern Group. This community group helps protect little terns in north Wales. For a £5 membership, you will receive a welcome pack, a regular newsletter and an invitation to their end of season event. If you would like to become a member, please email nwlittletern@gmail.com.


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First plans lodged for Rhyl revamp

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Artists’ impression (Neptune Developments)

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.

Artists' impression (Neptune Developments)

Artists’ impression (Neptune Developments)

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.

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North Wales Police investigate football disturbance

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North Wales Police are investigating after a disturbance broke out at a football match between Cefn Druids AFC and Caernarfon Town FC yesterday afternoon (Saturday, April 30).

Superintendent Gareth Evans said: “We share the disappointment of law abiding fans present at the match where violence broke out.”

“Local officers attended and order was quickly restored with the assistance of club officials.”

He added: “An investigation is underway and I would like to thank the fans yesterday who assisted officers with establishing what had occurred.”

“Anyone who directly witnessed or were the subject of any threats or violence should contact us on 101 if they have not already done so. Similarly, if you recorded what happened on a mobile phone please get in touch. It is clear there were a number of people involved. The investigation will look at all aspects of the incident and I ask for patience while officers work through this information, speak to witnesses and view CCTV and mobile phone footage.”

Anyone with information is urged to contact North Wales Police on 101 quoting reference number RC16061813. Alternatively, individuals with information can contact the Crimestoppers charity anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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Mold fatal crash driver named

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The man who died following a road traffic collision on the A541 Nannerch, Mold on Sunday, May 1st has been named.

He was 28-year-old Jonathan Philip Yeardley and he came from the Nannerch area.

One man remains in hospital at Stoke in a serious but stable condition.

The man who was taken to the Wrexham Maelor Hospital has since been discharged.

Police continue to appeal for witnesses and are urging anybody with information to contact officers at the Roads Policing Unit on 101, quoting reference number U062339. Alternatively please contact officers using the live web chat.

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Caught on Camera: fresh appeal after Prestatyn roof tile attack

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CCTV footage has been released of a man wanted in connection with an assault on a Prestatyn estate.

A 35 year-old man was left with serious facial injuries after he was assaulted with a roof tile on Central Avenue – he was walking towards the town centre between 8.20pm and 8.30pm when he was approached from behind.

The attacker fled the scene in a light blue Toyota Yaris car which turned right and headed up Ffordd Penrhwylfa. He is described as being in his early twenties and with very short, dark hair. He was wearing a grey or white hoody and tracksuit bottoms.

Earlier this month, detectives said they believed the attack may have been pre-meditated.

On Friday, PC James Lloyd at Rhyl police station said: ”We have released these CCTV stills in the hope it may jog someone’s memory. I am appealing to anybody who may have information to contact us immediately.”

Anyone with information about the assault should contact PC Lloyd on 101 (quoting reference no. RC16051042) or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. Alternatively, contact police control room staff in St Asaph via the live web chat.

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CCTV agreement reached in Denbighshire

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 A 12 month “trial” partnership agreement has been reached that will ensure public space CCTV systems in three Denbighshire towns will be maintained.

Previously, the CCTV system was operated by Denbighshire County Council from the Control Room at Rhyl Police Station.

As part of budget cuts the County Council agreed that it could no longer fund the CCTV service.  This will save Denbighshire £200,000 for the 2016/17 financial year.

The main purpose of the CCTV system is to support the Community Safety Partnership’s approach to reducing the level and fear of crime, and to provide a safe public environment for the benefit of those who live, work, or visit Rhyl, Prestatyn and Rhuddlan, all of which have public space CCTV. The service also monitors a small number of CCTV cameras located on council land and buildings, for the purpose of security.

Following its decision to stop funding the CCTV system, Denbighshire set up a working group, made up of representatives of North Wales Police, Rhyl, Prestatyn and Rhuddlan Town Councils and the Rhyl, Prestatyn and Elwy Area Member Groups (made up of county councillors for those areas) to consider a partnership approach to maintaining a CCTV service in the three towns.

Now, under the new 12 month trial arrangement, all existing cameras will be retained, they will continue to operate and record and they will be the responsibility of the partnership i.e. Denbighshire County Council Council, North Wales Police and the 3 Town Councils of Rhyl, Prestatyn and Rhuddlan. All the partners have made a financial contribution to ensure a CCTV service is maintained, DCC being the “lead” partner i.e. the Council will manage the CCTV service on behalf of the partnership.

The initial 12 month period came into effect on 1 April, and as well as maintaining a CCTV service the partnership consider options for generating income, grant funding and other service delivery models in the hope that the partnership can be maintained beyond the initial 12 month trial period.

Graham Boase, Denbighshire’s Head of Planning and Public Protection, said: “Denbighshire has needed to make some tough decisions during the budget setting process and stopping the funding of the CCTV operation was one of those tough decisions. We recognised the need to potentially have some kind of alternative provision which is why we engaged with partners at the earliest opportunity.

The 3 Town Council’s and North Wales Police responded in a really positive way, and through their determination we have found a way of maintaining a much valued CCTV service. 

The agreement to run the CCTV service through a genuine partnership arrangement is ground breaking and I’m confident the partnership can work together over the next 12 months, not only in terms of managing the CCTV service, but also to look at developing the partnership so that the arrangements can become permanent. 

I would like to take this opportunity to thank North Wales Police and the 3 Town Council’s for their foresight, support and commitment and hopefully we can all look forward to maintaining an affordable, sustainable CCTV service for the 3 towns for the long term.  

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Fostering team gearing up for Prestatyn promotional event

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Denbighshire’s fostering team will be out in Prestatyn next week and are keen to hear from people who may be interested in becoming a foster carer in the county.


The team will be at Costa Coffee on the Prestatyn Retail Park on Friday, 6 May between 10am and 6pm. Come along and have an informal chat about becoming a Foster Carer and meet some current foster carers to see what fostering is really like.


Do you have the skills to look after local Children and Young People in your area?   This could be for babies, young children, teenagers, parent and  baby or could you or your family offer short breaks for children with additional needs. Full training will be available.


Could you make a difference to a local child’s life? Have you got what we are looking for? Do you have a spare bedroom? Do you have determination patience and a sense of humour? You can be single, married, civil partners, divorced or living with a partner.


If you’re interested, please call to see the team in Prestatyn, phone 0800 731 3215 or e-mail: info@lovefostering.co.uk


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Over 100 students attended a recent event, organised by the Pathway+ project of Denbighshire County Council, looking to gain an insight into employment in the Health and Care sector.


Students from Ysgol Brynhyfryd (Ruthin), Denbigh High School and Prestatyn High School who are studying health and social care at school or are interested in a future career in the sector, listened to presentations given by Care Council Wales, Bangor University and the Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board.


The presentations included information on early years learning, social work, nursing, health care support workers, pathology and radiology.  Afterwards students were able to talk on a more informal basis to staff from the sectors as well as discussing their future career pathways with learning providers.  On hand were nurses, radiologists, pathologists, physiotherapists, social workers, early years workers etc plus representatives from Careers Wales, Coleg Cambria and North Wales Training who were able to offer students advice and guidance on future career pathways, and the qualifications and skills they would require to enter the profession.


Students who attended the event said it gave them a good insight into the various sectors within health and social care, and that the information would not only support them in their studies but also when they came to make decisions about future careers.


Sandy Grieve from Care Council Wales said: “It was an enjoyable event and my colleague and I had some interesting discussions with the students.  It is very important to have events such as this, and whilst we know it will not tick every young students’ box as they think of their different careers, it is an excellent idea and we hope this continues”.


Dr Elizabeth Mason from Bangor University and Christine Cowley from Betsi Cadwalader felt that the event was worthwhile, as young people need to hear about future opportunities. They both agreed it was good to know that Denbighshire Education are supporting their young students in ensuring that they are given up to date information about future career pathways.


Jenni Edwards, Pathway+ Coordinator said: “It is important that young people are aware of the diversity of future careers in the various sectors, and make informed choices, also to be aware of the organisations who are able to give them clear, up to date information about available opportunities’.

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Robbery in Mancot, Deeside

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North Wales Police are appealing for information following a robbery at a shop in Mancot Flintshire.

Officers were called to Mancot News and Booze on Ash Lane, Mancot at 8.47pm on April 27.

The male offender wearing a black mask and brandishing a knife made off with a small amount of cash.

A 15 year old youth was later arrested on suspicion of robbery.

Anyone with information which may assist the investigation is asked to call police on 101 quoting reference U060453


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