FU­TURE OF BEACH

North Wales Weekly News - - FRONT PAGE - BY JEZ HEMMING jez.hemming@trin­i­tymir­ror.com @JezWeek­lyNews

Have your say on Llan­dudno’s flood de­fences

CAMPA IG N E R S have suc­ceeded in ex­tend­ing a pub­lic con­sul­ta­tion on a town’s new flood de­fences.

The con­sul­ta­tion on Llan­dudno’s sea de­fences was to last only two days, but will now last more than a month after cam­paign group Re­store Our Beach raised se­ri­ous ob­jec­tions.

The con­sul­ta­tion will dis­cuss ideas for re­plac­ing tons of rock brought to Llan­dudno’s North Shore to act as sea de­fences.

At a meet­ing of the town’s coastal fo­rum, mem­bers agreed to hold a seven-day static ex­hi­bi­tion in the town, which would be fol­lowed by a 28-day con­sul­ta­tion pe­riod for the pub­lic to sub­mit their views.

Re­store Our Beach spokesman John Far­rell said the group was happy with the out­come, but warned that the pub­lic must be kept in­formed of the fo­rum’s work.

He said: “It was im­por- tant for the demo­cratic process that the fo­rum re­opened the de­bate re­gard­ing the con­sul­ta­tion pe­riod and heard the ob­jec­tions from Re­store Our Beach.

“We pointed out why the fo­rum was set up in the first place and that ev­ery­one had to re­mem­ber the anger from the pub­lic at hav­ing their beach de­stroyed.

“This was com­pounded by the fact that the de­struc­tion took place with no con­sul­ta­tion with the peo­ple. This can­not be al­lowed to hap­pen again.

“The pub­lic must be con­sulted at ev­ery step and given the op­por­tu­nity to see plans pro­duced by the fo­rum and to speak to fo­rum mem­bers.

“The pub­lic have got to have long enough to dis­cuss, give opin­ions and write in sup­port­ing or ob­ject­ing.

“We need to know we have the back­ing of the town to go for­ward with a plan for a fea­si­bil­ity study.”

The var­i­ous op­tions for de­fences will be dis­played dur­ing the con­sul­ta­tion event, and the pre­ferred idea will be the sub­ject of a fea­si­bil­ity study.

At the meet­ing, rep­re­sen­ta­tives of Conwy coun­cil agreed that it would be ex­pected to cover the bulk of the cost of the study.

At the fo­rum’s next meet­ing on Fe­bru­ary 12, a provisional timetable for the fea­si­bil­ity study and sub­se­quent works will be put for­ward by Geraint Ed­wards, Conwy’s head of en­vi­ron­ment, roads and fa­cil­i­ties.

A state­ment from the Llan­dudno Coastal Fo­rum said: “The fo­rum has com­pleted their in­ves­ti­ga­tions and have pre­pared sev­eral op­tions for the fu­ture de­vel­op­ment of the North Shore to negate the prob­lems with the stones on the beach.

“The fo­rum would like to in­vite the gen­eral pub­lic to view an ex­hi­bi­tion of the var­i­ous op­tions and wel­comes their thoughts on the pro­pos­als.”

The ex­hi­bi­tion will be held in the va­cant shop at 1 Mostyn Broad­way (op­po­site Star­bucks) from Satur­day, Fe­bru­ary 21 to Fri­day, Fe­bru­ary 27.

Stone beach at Llan­dudno

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