Just last week, three of the most popular activity centres along the coastline abruptly went out of business as the trust behind their day to day running were forced to cease operations. However, could these attractions in North Wales now be in for a brighter future?
Denbighshire Council has reportedly stepped in to assess whether re-opening the Rhyl Sun Centre and the Nova and Indoor Bowls centres in Prestatyn is viable. As Clwyd Leisure went bust, the employees at the three attractions were told their employment had come to an end but it is believed that these are the workers who will be approached for re-employment first.
Addressing the press, a spokeswoman for Clwyd Leisure stated: “It is with great regret that the directors have had to make this decision and they thank all their dedicated staff for their efforts and all our loyal customers who have supported us throughout these difficult past months.”
The turmoil they are referring to is the halt in funding by the Denbighshire County Council who believed that the sites were not being run accordingly. After ongoing talks with no resolution in sight, the council is now set for a U-turn on their decision after Clwyd’s hand was forced into a decision.
“We understand that the decision by the board of Clwyd Leisure has not been taken lightly and they consider this to be the only viable option available to them. Any insolvency firm appointed will look at dealing with all the main creditors, including Denbighshire Council as landlords and with staff currently employed by Clwyd Leisure,” said Rebecca Maxwell, corporate director.
“The council has worked closely with Clwyd Leisure over recent years to try and help address the issues that have been raised around the management and running of the facilities. We feel that we have done our utmost to assist the company.”
She added: “Once the keys have been handed over to the council, our staff will be carrying out a full condition survey. That will allow us to determine if we are going to be able to get them open.
“We recognise this will be an unsettling time for everyone involved, in particular the staff, while the company closes down. The council has already made it quite clear that, should it decide to take over the running of the facilities, current staff employed by Clwyd Leisure would be considered first.
“The council will also look at promoting suitable vacancies within the council if they become available.”
“Rhyl Sun Centre” by www.flickr.com/photos/besskeloid & “rhyl” by www.flickr.com/photos/amyidonaldson