AM raises constituents’ ‘genuine concerns’ over proposed aquatics centre

Labour AM for the Vale of Clwyd Ann Jones has reacted to Denbighshire County Council’s approval of plans for a new multi-million aquatics centre at Rhyl.

Ann Jones said:

“Both Clwyd Leisure and Denbighshire County Council must share the blame for the situation that’s unfolded. The council have subsidised the Sun Centre over a prolonged period of time, at the same time vital repair work, which is the responsibility of Clwyd Leisure, has not been carried out.

“I am disappointed that Denbighshire County Council’s preferred partners for the demolition of Rhyl’s Sun Centre, Alliance Leisure, demonstrate an insufficient level of foresight.

“Detail and vision is clearly missing in parts of the plans which the Cabinet has unanimously agreed. The plans, as they stand, do not offer a strategic approach to regeneration.

“For instance, in the report the proposed new design of the aquatic centre hopes to accommodate the needs of swimming clubs for competitions. But the current plans will not achieve this aim. For this to be achieved what’s needed is a 50 meter pool with eight lanes, rather than the proposed 25 meter pool with six lanes; attracting swimming clubs and competitions brining revenue and footfall.

“Whilst Rhyl is still regenerating, Denbighshire must work hand in glove with the considerable on-going efforts of the Welsh Labour Government.

“I hope that Denbighshire County Council will consult fully on their plans, as a number of concerned constituents have indicated to me that they are unhappy around the closing of Rhyl Leisure Centre’s pool and the impact the new aquatic centre would have on the promenade. The priority of both residents and tourists is that they want to be able to see the sea, I hope that Denbighshire County Council will listen to these genuine concerns.”