Much local concern has rightly been generated recently about our seafront in Llandudno after the placing of a million pounds worth of cobbles on the beach. Thanks are due to Mike and Alison Shields who took the initiative to start a face book group, “Restore Llandudno Beach to its Former Glory”. Such was the response that they organised a meeting on the prom this week to highlight the problem, chaired by local D.J. and activist, Ian Turner. Despite the rain there was a good turnout although only 4 of the 59 members of Aberonwy County Council attended: Gary Burchett (Mostyn. Cons), Dewi Miles( Mostyn. Independent), Sue Shotter ( Marl. Lib. Dem.) and Mike Priestly (Marl. Lib. Dem.)

As Judith Phillips reported in the North Wales Weekly News before the meeting Llandudno Town Council is being asked to provide 50% of the funds needed to clear the rocks and replenish the sand in the area known as Kiddies Corner on Llandudno North Shore as a first step to making the beach a jewel in Llandudno’s crown.

Cllr Greg Robbins the Chair of the newly formed North Shore Working Party said, “ For the benefit of the town we must restore the sandy beach. Obviously this needs to be balanced with the need for effective sea defences and for that reason we need an engineering analysis.”
Cllr Robbins is confident that the Town Council will back the scheme at its meeting on April 8th.. The first meeting of the beach working party which is made up of Cllr Robbins, Mayor Gary Burchett, Conwy County Council Cabinet member for the Environment Mike Priestley and pleasure boat Operator, John Storer, was held two weeks ago.
Cllr Robbins explained, “Conwy County Council have already obtained the marine license to remove the rocks from children’s corner and recharge this area with suitable sand. However, they say that they do not currently have the funding to do so. The working party resolved to request up to 50% match funding from the Town Council which, when approved, would allow these works to take place if the County Council match fund the remainder.
It was further resolved to review the past reports on the coastal protection of Llandudno’s North Shore and to make detailed enquiries about appointing a consultant to report on the feasibility of reintroducing timber or timber-looking groynes to retain the sand on the beach and to allow the reuse of the of the cobbles elsewhere to return the North Shore to the sandy, family orientated, recreational beach it was previously”

Given that the County Council are working to a policy on our sea front which is almost 20 years old , it is clear that particularly with the threats posed by climate change a fresh analysis is needed of our beautiful resort’s needs which doesn’t lose sight of the fact that without our tourist industry we wouldn’t exist
It is intended to put further pressure on the County Council to ensure this vital issue is not lost sight of so we can expect further public meetings which we hope you will attend. It is also important that you lobby your own County Councillor on this important issue.

Roger Boon

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