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Rhyl’s promenade kiosks to be removed as sea-defence work starts

Denbighshire County Council

THE COUNCIL has started work knocking down the old kiosks on Rhyl’s promenade.

Denbighshire County Council is carrying out sea-defence work on the seafront, and as a consequence the kiosks are being removed.

The plans are part of a wider Rhyl Master Plan linking the seafront and the town centre.

The kiosks date back to the 1960s.

A spokesman for Denbighshire County Council commented, “The work on the removal of the kiosks started on Monday 8 January, with the work set to be completed by the end of this month.”

Cllr Brian Jones put a motion into full council last summer, requesting the council pledge to reinstate the kiosks on the promenade, offering the previous tenants first refusal.

“I certainly hope the council take notice of that motion,” he said.

“It is sad to see the kiosks go because it is a long tradition, providing a cheap seaside experience, a cone of chips or a toffee apple. That’s what Rhyl still needs for some of the clientele that come to the town in the summer months.”

He added, “When they finish the defence work, it will be looked at to reinstate something then. It is all part of the Rhyl Master Plan.”

Speaking in July lead member for the environment and transport Cllr Barry Mellor told a council chamber it was ‘unfortunate’ the kiosks were condemned.

“It is unfortunate that the kiosks needed to be removed,” he said.

“But we know that it was entirely necessary because the promenade in that area will be raised quite a substantial amount to create new sea defences. The second point I want to make is that closing the kiosks was negotiated with the tenants and was done with full agreement. Although there are currently no proposals to rebuild new kiosks, neither has it been ruled out.”