North West Wales

New Llandudno lifeboat station set for promenade

Llandudno lifeboat Image copyright Kenneth Allen
Image caption The new station house is due to be built on the promenade

Lifeboat crews say they are "absolutely delighted" after an agreement on a new station in north Wales.

It will mean an end to Llandudno's lifeboat being towed through the Conwy town when it is called out - and could save vital minutes to the launch time.

Conwy council has agreed to plans to site the new station at Craig-y-Don.

The station will house a new 25-knot Shannon-class all weather boat and a D-class inshore lifeboat.

The new boat is too large for the old station on Lloyd Street, where the RNLI's current boat has to be towed by a tractor through Llandudno to launch on North Shore.

The decision has been warmly welcomed by the 60-strong RNLI team and charity officials in the Victorian seaside resort.

Matt Crofts, divisional operations manager for north Wales, said the new station would allow the team to "continue providing an efficient life-saving service to mariners and those using the local waters and coastline for many years to come."

Mr Crofts also thanked the large number of people who had supported their planning application.

The decision comes after plans for a lifeboat station closer to the pier failed to win approval.

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