Plans to give the Rhyl Sun Centre an extreme makeover, along with some of their other attractions have taken a step forward in what could be an £18m investment. Aimed at the existing Sun Centre pool complex, Pavilion Theatre and Sky Tower, the town could see some improvements in these key attractions to help bring a fresh and positive feeling into the area.
The investment has been reported to be £18 million, with the money coming from a private leisure company. Denbighshire Councillors agreed to look at the business case, which resulted in an immediate agreement upon the investment of the Sky Tower, to ensure it meets safety regulations.
The Sun Centre opened 30 years ago and has since been a huge attraction to visitors and locals alike, but in recent years, much of the public agree that it needs upgrading. Councillors are on board to help replace the sun centre with a new aquatics centre, which would sit opposite the amusements arcades which dominate the middle section of Rhyl’s promenade.
By having the aquatics centre placed there, the visitors of the centre will be closer to the heart of the town, which will hopefully encourage them to use the shopping facilities of the area, which have been suffering as of late and have even resulted in shops such as Marks & Spencer and Next making closures.
Town Councillors and leaders have recognised that the town may not see the boom that was experienced decades ago, but are competent that an investment like this will help increase visitors and improve the quality of their stay. Supporting the local economy is an important aspect of new and improved attractions, with hopes that should the plans get the go ahead, it will do just that.
Locals and Councillors are in unity sharing the same opinions over these attractions, considering them as ‘extremely important’. Mr Bellis, who chairs the Rhyl Business Group, said “Rhyl needs an attraction like this. We are a seaside town and it’s something like this that will help put us back on the map”.
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