AN EXTENSIVE redevelopment of Rhos Point has been given the green light by residents after the findings of a consultation were published.
More than 200 people had their say on the future of the derelict site in March, backing plans to demolish and redevelop the former Harbour Bistro site.
High on residents’ wish-lists is a one or two-storey replacement for the bistro in keeping with Rhos on Sea’s character, as well as retaining the retail premises currently at the site.
The consultation also found that residents were not in opposition to the development of the town’s cycle track, which currently breaks in the Rhos Point area, and backed the pedestrianisation of Abbey Road providing a traffic feasibility study is carried out and extra parking provisions are made.
More than half of the consultation’s participants were also keen to commission a feasibility study looking into the possible development of the town’s harbour, and Rhos’ promenade, railings, beach and shelters were identified as the town’s most prominent problem areas.
Rhos on Sea councillor Phil Edwards was keen to see residents’ wishes featured in the development’s progress.
“We were blown away by the response to the consultation.” he said. “It was very useful to us, and shows that we are on the right track,” he said.
“Rhos is one of the most attractive areas in North Wales, and there it’s important that we protect the special feeling you get when you see the boats bobbing up and down in the harbour.”
“With the watersports centre down the road, we could see whether there’s scope to make Rhos a hub for the more genteel side of things.
Conwy Council will investigate the consultation findings, before asking for further feedback ahead of the scheme’s presentation for scrutiny and approval.
The consultation report said: “When we are happy with the plan we will begin an implementation process which means we will have to prove our business case to Council, seek planning approval, identify and secure funding, and procure contractors through a tendering process.