North East Wales

Rhyl Skytower could reopen in resort revamp

Rhyl Skytower Image copyright bbc
Image caption Rhyl's Skytower closed at the end of the 2010 summer season

A landmark "skytower" on a seaside promenade in north Wales could offer rides again as part of an ambitious regeneration of the town.

The 73m (240ft) tall tower in Rhyl was last used at the end of the 2010 summer season and needs £400,000 of repairs.

But Denbighshire council says it could form part of an improved promenade, along with a new aquatic centre.

Two potential developers have been asked to submit plans.

The council says it intends to deliver "first class leisure coastal facilities" in Rhyl and last month advertised to find a developer to come up with proposals for the promenade from the Marine Lake area to Splash Point.

'Major aspirations'

Two have been asked to submit their ideas before the council reveals its preferred partner in the spring.

Councillor Huw Jones, cabinet member for leisure, said the successful scheme would provide "excellent" new leisure facilities and could make use of existing facilities, like the skytower, which had a rotating observation tower and previously cost £2 for a ride.

The Sun Centre, Pavillion Theatre, Marine Lake and bowling greens could also be included in any proposals, he said.

The council said any developer would be expected to secure private finance for the revamp, but the authority would work with them to explore funding from other sources.

Rhyl was designated as a regeneration area a few years ago and both the Welsh government and Denbighshire council have spent money on tackling problems in the town, including poverty, and improving housing.

Image copyright Denbighshire Council
Image caption The regeneration of Rhyl promenade has moved a step forward, the council says

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