Big thanks to everyone who took part in the conversation to Rethink Rhyl. We have had some great responses and brilliant ideas. We are now analysing all the comments from this website, the public exhibition and social media and these will help us to shape a more detailed scheme to be submitted for planning in the spring of next year. Your comments have not only helped us to refine ideas about specific plans for the redevelopment of the seafront, but there have been lots of fresh ideas about other ways to regenerate the town, improve our visitor offer and help Rhyl find a new positive role in the future.
What’s been clear across all the comments, ideas and contributions is that local people care passionately about the town. This matters more than anything and along with the town’s outstanding assets and location, gives us something really strong to build on. We’ll stay in touch over the next few months and look forward to sharing detailed proposals and some longer term ideas for the future with you as soon as we have a chance to do some more thinking. In the meantime, if you missed the consultation exhibition and want to find out more about what we were proposing you can download the proposal via the button below. Thanks again on behalf of everyone at Neptune and our team.
These initial plans and ideas have been developed in partnership with Denbighshire County Council but also with local people and businesses who are passionate about Rhyl and believe that together we can bring new life and prosperity back to the town.
This vision is about building on our strengths, but also bringing fresh life, new ideas and the added attractions that will make Rhyl a better place to live and a more exciting place to visit.
“We’re not turning our back on what makes Rhyl special, we’re embracing it. We’re working from what’s here and what’s good, but we also want to expand and renew the offer. It’s about all year round animation – events, exhibitions, entertainment, performance and adventure. It’s energetic, exhilarating and surprising”
The seafront is not just a destination for visitors, it needs to be a place for local people and an entertainment hub for the town. We want to provide the core facilities for people in Rhyl, so local spend supports local amenities and businesses. That’s why we are suggesting creating a new entertainment and leisure hub around the Vue Cinema.
Our ideas include a new leisure centre and a cluster of new family-friendly restaurants on the sea front that creates a bigger and more attractive family leisure destination. We want Rhyl to be a leisure destination with an offer than attracts people from across Denbighshire and the wider North Wales area.
“The seaside is about attractions, things to do, places to have fun and be entertained. Rhyl needs to renew its core leisure offer both for visitors and for people from the town and the wider area”
Rhyl has proven that it can attract and stage major events. With more venues and spaces the town can develop a new dimension to its visitor offer. We are proposing a new flexible exhibition and events space on the site of the Sun Centre which will be connected to a refurbished Pavilion Theatre. The new box space would be designed to host a wide variety of exhibitions, conferences and entertainment events. Complementing the theatre a versatile add-on space would enable Rhyl to attract a much greater variety of events from music concerts to trade shows. Linked to the events complex we are proposing a new restaurant and a Travelodge hotel that will enhance the town’s overall accommodation offer to visitors.
We see the existing outdoor Arena as an under-performing asset. We’ll look at ways to improve its attractiveness to events promoters by providing a roof to the stage or adding a large screen. Crucially, we believe that the key is creating a range of spaces and venues that exploit Rhyl’s potential to become a major events destination.
“Rhyl is in a fantastic location. It’s well connected and has a great catchment covering North Wales and the North West of England and it’s by the sea! In short all it needs are improved and more versatile venues and it would be a massive draw for entertainment events, exhibitions and festivals. I see Rhyl as a perfect stage for a new North Wales music festival”
North Wales is building a new tourism offer based on its outstanding natural assets and physical beauty. So far Rhyl has not been able to sell its offer to this new tourism market. We have one fantastic and unique asset – one of the best natural beaches in the UK.
There is already one pioneering local business cashing in on this potential. Pro-Kite Surfing School is recognised as one of the leading kite surfing operators in the country. With new and better facilities operator Simon Jones believes Rhyl can become a major centre for water sports tapping into North Wales’s appeal as an outdoor and adventure sports destination.
Complementing Simon’s vision we’re proposing an Extreme Sports facility as part of a new seafront offer together with an Adventure Golf centre as a new take on another traditional seaside favourite. Finally, Rhyl’s leisure offer has always been based on trailblazing water attractions. Its famous outdoor pool and the Sun Centre were major visitor draws in their day. Is there potential for a new outdoor all year round water facility that could provide the town with another unique and exciting asset?
“We have a great opportunity here. I want this to be a unique facility - the flagship for the whole of the UK. It’s a spectacular sight when you have maybe 18 or 20 kites out on the water”
We want to retain and build on Rhyl’s strengths as a traditional seaside destination, so we see an improved all year round children’s fairground as a key attraction within a renewed seafront. Rethinking this part of the seafront also gives us a chance to improve parking provision and create a better connection between the seafront and wider town centre.
Underpinning the whole vision for the seafront is the aim to improve access and create a stronger visual connection with the thing that underpins Rhyl’s appeal as a place to live and visit. We also want to celebrate one of Rhyl’s most iconic landmarks, by creating a new lighting feature to illuminate the Sky Tower as a beacon for a regenerated and transformed sea front.
“We’ve operated fair-ground rides in Rhyl for three generations. Nothing is more important to me and my family than this town. Fairgrounds are an essential part of the traditional seaside offer. It’s what children want more than anything, the excitement and the fun of the fair”
“These are exciting plans and ideas, but what’s really important now is that everyone who lives in and loves Rhyl gets involved in the conversation and feeds in their thoughts, ideas and comments. It’s our town and it’s our future”
We had a great turnout for our weeklong consultation event at the Point FM Unit, The White Rose Centre, and the Rhyl OneStop Shop with hundreds of people coming along to share some really constructive and interesting views and ideas. Thanks to everyone who visited us.
You can keep up to date with progress of our plans by following us on facebook, twitter or instagram. Also if you missed the consultation exhibition and want to find out more about what we were proposing you can download the proposal via the button below.