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'Exciting' ideas sought for town centre revival; EXHIBITION SEEKING PUBLIC'S VIEWS ON FUTURE OF RESORT.

Byline: KELLY WILLIAMS Daily Post Chief Reporter

BUSINESSES that offer "really interesting and exciting experiences" rather than the "bog standard" things people find in other towns could help shape the future of Rhyl.

An exhibition has started in the resort in a bid to get the public's say on its regeneration.

Last year, almost 3,000 people gave feedback as to what they'd like to see in the town centre. The drop-in event at the former Granite Outdoors shop is a culmination of those ideas and suggestions, with residents being encouraged to offer more.

Mike Horrocks, Denbighshire Council's economic and business development manager said: "Not a lot of this is set in stone, a lot of it is about trying to raise people's aspirations and think about a real brighter opportunity for the town centre.

"For us, success would look like a busier town centre, one in which more people are living and living in good quality accommodation.

"Somewhere the environment is nice, traffic works a bit better, the journeys are a bit easier, more people walking or cycling.

"Really for me, from a business development point of view, more businesses that offer really interesting and exciting experiences, so perhaps not bog standard things that you find in other towns, but independent retail offers which is what's going to draw the money back into Rhyl.

He added: "There are people with money in and around this town, but they spend it elsewhere because unfortunately, the town really doesn't attract them in and we've got to work harder to do that and that's part of what the plan is.

"We had about 215 people through the doors in the first three hours and we're here until Saturday so we hope to get a lot more in."

Key concerns people raised included maintenance of visible areas in the town centre (including shop fronts), the number of empty shops, the way traffic moves through the town, lack of opportunity for smaller businesses, issues about rates and rent on business properties in prime locations and a lack of things for people to do when visiting.

Leader of Denbighshire Council Cllr Hugh Evans said: "Rhyl is on the up and we want the whole community involved in making sure that journey continues." | The public exhibition is at the former Granite Outdoors shop (64 High Street, Rhyl) from 9am to 5pm today.

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Publication:Daily Post (Conwy, Wales)
Date:Apr 6, 2019
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