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Demolition on cards for key seafront feature; Major decision for harbour revamp.

Byline: DAVID POWELL

LANDMARK seafront buildings could be knocked down at a cost of pounds 50,000 as part of a harbour revamp.

Demolition is one option councillors will consider for Rhos Harbour Bistro, which needs damp proofing and other work, and other structures at Rhos Point in Rhos on Sea.

Other possibilities would be to refurbish or redevelop the site, councillors will be told later this week.

Most local councillors back a refurbishment.

Conwy County Borough Council's Communities Overview and Scrutiny Committee will discuss the project on Thursday.

Matters came to a head after Conwy County Borough Council's solicitors CDS regained control of Rhos Harbour Bistro at the county court from former tenant Neil Formstone in November 2010.

The council then inspected the building and found it is "not in a fit state to let".

A structural and ground condition survey has now prompted the Ex-Rhos Bistro Formstone three options.

A council report states that any demolition of Rhos Harbour Bistro and theoretically three kiosks and a tower currently let for concessions, with landscaping, would cost about pounds 50,000 and be a temporary solution.

Refurbishment would cost at least pounds 85,000 but there is a "substantial list of willing tenants wishing to operate a catering facility".

Refurbishing all the Rhos Point buildings and "cosmetic" improvements to a sea wall would cost up to pounds 300,000. The discovery of asbestos could add to costs due to the need for removal.

Another option is Harbour tenant Neil for a new building on the site as part of a waterfront revamp but it is envisioned a private/public partnership would be needed to fund that project. The council could ask for commercial "expressions of interest". Whatever is decided, there is a race against time. The council report says that the local authority is currently losing rental income from the site, its asset's value is dropping, there would be an effect on the council's reputation (if nothing is done) and Rhos on Sea is currently not in the waterfront regeneration project.

By 2013-14, phase two of the county's waterfront improvement is due to start. This planned promenade upgrade (from the Colwyn Bay direction) would end at the Cayley Promenade.

. ? Last Monday, Llandudno Magistrates fined former Rhos Harbour Bistro tenant Neil Formstone pounds 1,750 for having a dirty restaurant kitchen and other hygiene offences.

davidpowell@dailypost.co.uk

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Publication:Daily Post (Liverpool, England)
Date:Jun 28, 2011
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