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  1. Green light for first phase of Rhyl waterfront funding

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    The redevelopment of Rhyl waterfront has taken a significant step forward today (Tuesday), with Denbighshire County Council’s Cabinet announcing the green light to a £4.5 million investment in the first phase of the programme.

    The investment for the hospitality zone is being funded through a Welsh Government grant of £3.5 million, proceeds from the sale of the former Honey Club site and contributions from council services.

    The funding is to be used to fund the demolition of the Sun Centre, internal improvements to the Pavilion Theatre, external re-cladding of theatre, refurbishment of east car park; improvements to the Children’s Village car park; Sky Tower enhancement; design fees for the proposed Aquatic Centre, Sun Centre hoardings and demolition of Unit C at the Children’s Village.

    The proposed development is divided into four distinct zones along the Waterfront in Rhyl. These zones comprise the following:

    1. The Hospitality Zone proposes the partial refurbishment of the Pavilion Theatre, construction of a new hotel, family pub and a separate restaurant/retail unit, and demolition of the Sun Centre. A possible new facility to complement the Pavilion is also being considered but is still at an early stage of development with a business case yet to be completed.

    2. The Active Leisure Zone proposes the creation of new commercial outdoor leisure activities in the area between Memorial Garden and the Events Arena

    3. The Family Entertainment Phase proposes the creation of a Town Plaza incorporating a selection of restaurants adjacent to the existing cinema and the Sky Tower. The latter is proposed for refurbishment as a static light beacon. The proposals also include some demolitions on the Children’s Village and an improved and refurbished Underground Car Park.

    4. The Aquatic Centre Phase proposes a new water attraction to replace the former Sun Centre to be located next to the Family Entertainment Zone. A business case for this is currently under consideration.

    Councillor Hugh Evans OBE, Leader of Denbighshire County Council, said: “This is an important milestone for Rhyl’s waterfront development and the funding decision signifies the on-going commitment in Denbighshire to progress with this major project.

    “Work currently taking place to demolish the Sun Centre is the first piece of the regeneration jig-saw, with work also due to start on re-modelling the Pavilion Theatre.

    “Developments and improvements to the promenade aim to not only benefit Rhyl’s economy through increased footfall from visitors but also the residents of Rhyl, Denbighshire and wider North Wales communities, to ensure they know exactly what our town has to offer

    “The recent £3.5million funding received through the Welsh Government’s Vibrant and Viable places scheme has allowed us to accelerate work on many elements of the scheme, including the demolition of the Sun Centre. Rhyl’s new waterfront development will include an Aquatic Centre to replace the former Sun Centre. A decision on actual proposals for the first phase will be made in the autumn”

    The waterfront development project is worth £33 million in total and has been funded partly by the Welsh Government and Denbighshire County Council, with the remainder from private sector investment being secured by Neptune Developments Limited.

  2. Great progress on new affordable homes in Rhyl

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    Work is underway on a development of new affordable properties in Rhyl, some of which will be available under the Welsh Government’s ‘Homebuy’ scheme, helping people to own a home of their own.

    The Pennaf Housing Group, which includes Clwyd Alyn Housing Association, have engaged leading regeneration experts Galliford Try Partnerships to build 20 two and three bedroom houses facing the new Gerddi Heulwen green space area in the town, some of which will be available under ‘Homebuy’ allowing people who have a local link, either living or working in the area, to own their own home.

    The new homes have been made possible thanks to partnership support from Denbighshire County Council and the Welsh Government as an integral part of the wider regeneration work in the town and representatives from all the partner agencies visited the development on Wendesday (Oct 5), including Cllr Ann Davies, Chairman of Denbighshire County.

    “Work is really progressing well and we expect a high demand for the properties,” said Rob Hopkins, Sales and Leasehold Manager for Clwyd Alyn who added that the homes are being built by award-winning contractors Galliford Try.

    “Homebuy is a great way for people to get their first step on the housing ladder. Under the scheme house-buyers who meet the eligibility criteria only need a deposit and mortgage for 50% of the property, so it can work out cheaper to buy than rent.

    “Clwyd Alyn provides a loan for the other 50% of the property, but there is no cost for this to the home-buyer, it is simply repaid based on the value of the property if it is sold in the future.”

    “The new, contemporary homes on Gronant Street are ideally suited for couples and families. They have been built to a high quality and each also has an allocated parking space.

    “We’re expecting a high demand for the homes which are for sale and these will be allocated to first-time buyers who are working and directly connected to Rhyl, or moving to the town to take up employment.”

    Councillor Barbara Smith, Denbighshire County Council’s Cabinet Lead Member for Housing said: “We are delighted to see work progressing on this initiative. It’s another quality project that will help improve the quality of life for local people.

    “This is an exciting time for Rhyl, as we have seen the housing redevelopments taking shape and the ambitious waterfront proposals are progressing well.

    “This development is another milestone in the wider regeneration of Rhyl.”

    To register an interest in the new homes on Gronant Street or to find out more about the Homebuy option, call 0800 183 5757 (or for cheaper calls from a mobile call 01745 536800) or email enquiries@clwydlyn.co.uk

    The homes are part of Pennaf’s £4.5 million investment in housing regeneration in Rhyl, working in partnership with the Welsh Government and Denbighshire County Council, transforming housing in the heart of Rhyl around the new Gerddi Heulwen Green Space area.

    Pennaf has already completed a number of extensive refurbishment programmes around the area and is also nearing completion on a separate renovation scheme to properties in Abbey Street and Edward Henry Street.

    The homes currently being built by Galliford Try Partnerships on Gronant Street and Abbey Street have been made possible with Welsh Government assistance and will be available to rent or buy under a tenure neutral scheme.

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