Huw Lewis, Minister for Housing, Regeneration and Heritage was in Rhyl to see how Welsh Government funding is helping to transform the town. £10 million will go towards ambitious plans to demolish properties in parts of Gronant Street and Aquarium Street in West Rhyl and transform the land into open space. The proposed development will form a major part of the long-term programme for the regeneration of Rhyl.
Some buildings have already been acquired to meet these plans and further consultation is underway within the local community about the kind of facilities they would like to see in the new open space area.
This project is being undertaken in partnership with Denbighshire County Council and the Pennaf Housing Group, which includes Clwyd Alyn Housing Association and complements work already being done by the Welsh Government in Rhyl to regenerate the town. The North Wales Coast, focussing on the towns Rhyl and Colwyn Bay, was designated a Regeneration Area in 2008.
Huw Lewis said:
“I’m pleased to visit Rhyl today to see how this funding from the Wales Infrastructure Investment Plan will support the regeneration work which the Welsh Government is currently undertaking in Rhyl.
“As well as supporting a number of construction jobs over the next two years, this funding will help develop the area considerably and provide affordable housing for families in the area. The local community will have an important role to play in telling us what they would like to see in this area.”
Councillor David Thomas, Denbighshire’s Cabinet Lead Member with responsibility for Regeneration, said:
“We are delighted to be working in partnership with the Welsh Government and Pennaf Housing Group on this extremely ambitious programme, which will result in a much needed area of green space in West Rhyl. In every consultation carried out by the Council the need for improving housing in this part of Rhyl is made obvious and we are listening to the views of local people and addressing local needs.
"As well as creating green space, work will also take place to improve the standard of properties. The proposed plan will radically change the look and feel of the area and will hopefully be a catalyst to boosting the confidence of regeneration in Rhyl.”
Mr Graham Worthington, Chief Executive of the Pennaf Housing Group said:
“We welcome the Welsh Government announcement concerning funding for this vital regeneration work in Rhyl which represents the start of a long-term investment programme in West Rhyl.
"As an organisation Pennaf is not only committed to providing high quality affordable housing solutions for local people, but also creating vibrant sustainable communities, and we look forward to working with both the local authority partners and residents themselves on this opportunity.”