North West Wales

New £6m Colwyn Bay prom artist impressions unveiled

Artist impression from Victoria Slip
Image caption People will be encouraged to use the pedestrianised area to the beach and prom

A £6m second phase plan to transform the promenade in Colwyn Bay has been unveiled.

An artist's impression of Conwy council's Waterfront Project shows how the beach and prom will finally appear.

The sea wall will be repaired and a section of promenade between Porth Eirias and Victoria Pier will be renewed. The promenade will be raised and resurfaced.

A new water sport centre and beach opened earlier this year.

Phase two will also improve links between the promenade and the town from under the railway bridge opposite the pier, up to the boundary with the railway station.

The council aims to encourage people to use the pedestrianised area to access the promenade and the beach.

A £5m Welsh government grant will pay for coastal defence works. Another 220,000 tonnes of sand will be dumped on the beach, alongside the original 500,000 tonnes.

The money would be used to import sand for the beach stretching from east of the pier to the eastern end to an area known as the Cayley embankment.

'Exciting plans'

The new beach will stretch just under a mile from The Toad pub to Rhos on Sea promenade.

The details have been submitted for planning permission.

Mike Priestley, Conwy council's cabinet member for highways, environment and sustainability, said it was "exciting" to see the second phase taking shape.

He added: "Having seen for myself how popular the recharged beach was this summer, I have no doubt extending it further, coupled with the promenade improvements, will provide a waterfront that residents can once again enjoy and be proud of."

"The work on the town centre link will also allow the improvements being made on the waterfront to act as an economic catalyst for the town itself, drawing visitors from the promenade towards the town and vice versa."

Image caption The new beach will stretch just under a mile from The Toad pub

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