Dr James Davies MP champions Rhyl & Prestatyn regeneration at Coastal Conference
On Friday, Dr James Davies MP was pleased to be given the chance to promote the important regeneration work currently ongoing in the coastal towns of Rhyl and Prestatyn at the Great British Coastal Conference in Hull. The conference, hosted by the Minister for Coastal Communities, Andrew Percy MP, was intended to help all interested parties unlock the full economic potential of coastal communities, to rebalance the economy and help all areas of the country thrive.
During the 2015 General Election campaign, James pledged to work towards the revival of the struggling seaside town of Rhyl, as he had done for Prestatyn in his position of Town and County Councillor.
In the two years since being elected, James has been working relentlessly to meet residents, businesses, local authorities and community groups to gain a grassroots view of the issues affecting Rhyl and how local stakeholders would like to see the town progress. James has also been meeting and writing to developers and national retailers such as Primark to promote Rhyl to them. James has carried out visits to Rhyl Town Centre shops, calling at any business that requested a visit to discuss issues or suggestions for the town.
Dr James Davies MP believes that for regeneration to be a success, the aspirations of residents need to be at the forefront of the decision making process and therefore consultation is imperative. Local needs such as education, employment, housing, community safety and health services are pivotal to this.
Regeneration efforts throughout Rhyl include; the development of the new Rhyl High School building and the plans for a new Catholic school; development of the Royal Alexandra Hospital; efforts against antisocial behaviour and crime; implementation of a Public Space Protection Order; a focus on the cleanliness of the town; investment in the bus station, railway station and the Arriva bus depot; improvements to the road and rail network; a bold approach to demolish derelict properties and replace them with starter homes and family properties; flood defence improvements; support for the most vulnerable residents; liaison with development companies for the seafront developments, including the proposed aquatic centre, improvements to the Pavilion Theatre, new leisure zones, the transformation of the sky tower into a lit-up beacon, Marina Quay, Premier Inn and Travelodge.
Dr Davies said ‘Seeking a high level of ambition for Rhyl is imperative to help the town reach its potential. We have seen how this approach over the years has supported Prestatyn in its regeneration attempts and I am keen that these efforts are mirrored in Rhyl.’
‘I wanted to take the opportunity to present the revival of Rhyl and success in Prestatyn at the Coastal Conference in Hull, as I believe it is important to highlight the excellent achievements ongoing locally and to showcase this on a national stage.’
‘One of the main reasons I wanted to stand for election in 2015 was due to the enormous satisfaction I felt at being actively involved in the regeneration of Prestatyn. I wanted to be able to support the rest of the constituency in the same way, but with a key focus on Rhyl.’
‘I felt that Rhyl had been forgotten over the years and been allowed to deteriorate and that with strong leadership we could turn its fortunes around. I am pleased that with collaborative working with Denbighshire County Council, businesses, community groups and residents we are finally starting to see some positive action to support residents, businesses and visitors to the town.’
‘It is hoped that the numerous seafront regeneration schemes will have a positive spin-off effect on the struggling town centre. In addition, I have been working with the county council on individual projects within the town centre and on persuading them to relax over-zealous parking restrictions and reduce Pay and Display charges. I have met the Valuation Office Agency regarding high business rates in Rhyl, have raised the issue at Prime Minister’s Questions and have been lobbying Welsh Government to offer better small business rate relief, similar to that already on offer in England.’