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Colwyn Bay masterplan: Town revamp plans to go back to the drawing board

The original masterplan was approved in 2010 but now needs rethinking as time has moved on

How plans looked for the revamp of Colwyn Bay back in 2010

Ambitious plans for a large scale redevelopment of Colwyn Bay town centre may have to go back to the drawing board.

The original masterplan was approved in 2010 and predicted a major reconstruction of the area between the Bay View Shopping Centre and Station Road, better linking the prom with the town centre.

Speaking to councillors at a communities overview and scrutiny meeting last week, Conwy County Council’s Sasha Davies and Rob Dix conceded that the plan now looked unlikely to happen.

Sasha Davies said: “There has been a movement from the businesses in Colwyn Bay arguing that Station Road should be opened to traffic.

“That is one of the reasons we feel it’s appropriate to revise the Masterplan.”

Rob Dix, section head for business and enterprise, said: “Many elements have been progressing but it has to be said the core town centre has seen the slowest growth.

“While there have been calls for Station Road to be opened up we cannot look at that in isolation, we need to look at the town centre as a whole – that is why we’re suggesting take it all into account as one.”

Options to amend the Masterplan are expected to be presented to councillors at the end of September, at which point the committee will vote on which option to take.

Cllr Chris Hughes feels it is important residents as well as business owners are questioned about the review.

He said: “I have had business owners come to me and speak very keenly for Station Road to be open to traffic once more, but equally I have heard from residents who visit the town centre that they appreciate the ease of access.

“A balance must be struck and the consultation will have to be both thorough and fair.”

The report presented to the council says: “Station Road has been left with a feeling of isolation and under-utilisation.

“Alternative proposals need to be considered as to how a stronger linke between the Bay View centre and Station Road can be made.”

Cllr Bob Squires said: “I think it is vital we do this. I do not see the town centre improving and taking advantage enough of recent developments in the area.

“It seems to me people from the outskirts of Colwyn Bay don’t come into the town to shop, they go to Llandudno or Chester.

“I also think [the fruit and veg shop] Arundale’s would still be open if it were not for pedestrianisation.”

source: http://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/colwyn-bay-masterplan-town-revamp-7004373



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