Welcome to Bay's new pounds 6.5m Prom.
'Blank canvas' cleared as first phase finishes THE first phase of a pounds 6.5m promenade revamp has been completed.
Colwyn Bay seafront includes what is described as a "blank canvas" area the size of two football pitches.
It also includes a rock groyne which stretches 250 metres into the sea and rock wall to help prevent coastal erosion.
Work starts in the New Year on a watersports building, made mainly of glass which should be finished by August 2012.
Conwy councillors had a tour of the site yesterday and Cllr Bob Squire said: "It is a superb start and I hope the watersports hotspot centre and raised promenade will be quite an attraction for holidaymakers and other visitors.
"They have shown a massive interest while work was ongoing. I am sure they'll be flooding back next summer."
Cllr Mike Priestley was "delighted" with the progress made by contractors Volker Stevin on the 350-metre stretch of promenade.
Boulders were hewn from five North Wales quarries to fill the sea groyne and a revetment wall parallel to the shore.
Truckers made 8,370 deliveries of rock this year.
But the new development has attracted criticism in some quarters. Web blogger Brian Dean, of Colwyn Bay, said: "There are sharp internal corners and the end of it looks like half a skip pointing out into the sea. It may end up looking unattractive."
But Hywel Jones, Colwyn Bay Waterfront Project Manager said: "Last year, the design competition presented six different concepts/ideas.
"The winning design was refined and since then numerous consultation events have taken place. Planning approval was given in October and the design has not changed since then."
Councillor Mike Priestley with Stuart Edersley, Contracts Manager, Voker Stevin on Colwyn bay sea front Pic: ROBERT PARRY JONES