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Hopes for hovercraft on north Wales coast

Hovercrafts like this one are already being used to carry passengers in Scotland. Credit: Michael Boyd/PA Wire

A hovercraft service could soon return to the north Wales coast after more than 50 years, if proposals go ahead.

Bidding is currently underway from two companies, to operate crossings between Rhyl and the Wirral.

If plans go ahead, it could mean passengers could use the scheduled service, and complete the trip in just 30 minutes.

Draft licences have already been granted by Denbighshire County Council, but a full licence is needed in order for the hovercrafts to land on Rhyl beach.

It's been more than 50 years since the world's first commercial hovercraft service made its maiden voyage from North Wales.

The 'flights' ran on a 19-mile route on Rhyl and Wallasey on the Wirral.

It took 24 passengers, and cost £2.

Nova Centre redevelopment takes a step forward

Denbighshire Council has released artist's impressions of what the redeveloped site could look like Credit: Denbighshire Council

Plans to redevelop the Nova Centre in Prestatyn have moved a step closers after Denbighshire Council approved its investment in the project.

The council has now approved investment of £108,864 to help the £3.6million redevelopment project reach the 'detailed design stage.'

The project will now move on to the 'detailed design stage.' Credit: Denbighshire Council

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Denbighshire man told he had '6 weeks to live' celebrates 30 years since pioneering heart transplant

A Denbighshire pensioner who was once told he had "6 weeks to live" is celebrating 30 years this weekend since benefitting from one of the first ever heart transplants.

Eddie Tierney had the operation at Harefield Hospital on the 23rd March 1984, after which doctors told him he could expect to live for another five years.

Ian Lang went to meet him.

Man to celebrate 30 years since heart transplant

Eddie Tierny from Denbighshire had a heart transplant in 1984

This weekend marks 30 years since Eddie Tierney, from Denbighshire, had one of the first ever heart transplants.

When Eddie was told of his condition, it came as a huge shock to him and his family but he had the operation at Harefield Hospital on the 23rd of March 1984. He says he was told he would only have five years to live but thirty years on, at 74 years old, he is still working and riding a motorbike.

Rhyl water main undergoing 'emergency repairs'

Homes and businesses effected by a burst water main in Rhyl should have their supply returned this afternoon, Welsh Water says.

Customers in Rhyl, Kinmel and Abergele are currently without water, after a burst on a key water main in Rhyl.

We were alerted this morning to a burst on a key water main in Rhyl. We immediately sent a team to the site and are now carrying out an emergency repair. This is impacting on water supplies to customers in Rhyl, Kinmel and the Abergele areas and we apologise for any inconvenience.

It is estimated that water supplies will begin returning to normal later this afternoon whilst we undertake the repair. This may result in discoloured water for a period of time. This is not unusual after an incident of this nature and should clear within a short period of time. We would like to assure customers we are working as quickly as possible to restore supplies to normal.

– Welsh Water

Anyone with concerns about their water supply can call Welsh Water's helpline on 0800 052 0130.

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Burst water main closes Denbighshire schools and buildings

A burst water main in Rhyl has caused the closure of a number of schools and buildings in Denbighshire.

The closed schools are:

  • Ysgol Brynhedydd
  • Ysgol Christchurch
  • Ysgol Emmanuel
  • Blessed Edward Jones High School
  • Project 10 &11

Closed council-run buildings include:

  • Rhyl Pavilion Theatre
  • Oak Tree Centre
  • Rhyl Library
  • Toilets at Rhyl Town Hall

Financial risk of Sun Centre 'too great' says council

Denbighshire Council says the "cost and risk" of operating facilities at the Sun Centre in Rhyl, were deciding factors in recommending not to re-open the site. The recommendations will be discussed at a meeting of the council's cabinet on 25th March.

We believe the financial risk associated with re-opening the Sun Centre are too great, as a lot of investment would be needed for urgent or imminent works. The kind of investment in question would be beyond the council's means; it would not provide value for money and the Sun Centre is a building with a short lifespan.

We also believe that it would not make economic sense to re-open the Nova in terms of the cost of running the facility in the short term when there are plans for complete refurbishment works in the longer term.

– Rebecca Maxwell, Denbighshire Council

Options set out for future of Clwyd Leisure facilities

The Sun Centre in Rhyl is in a poor state of repair, according to Denbighshire Council Credit: ITV News

Denbighshire Council has set out short-term options for the future of the former Clwyd Leisure sites in Rhyl and Prestatyn.

The council has been considering options following Clwyd Leisure Ltd's decision to wind-up the company and appoint an insolvency practitioner.

Short-term options have now been set out which will be discussed by the council's cabinet later this month.

The council says that "numerous issues" have been found with the Rhyl's Sun Centre, including the poor condition of its building and equipment, which would need "significant repairs" to re-open.

It found the Nova Centre was in a reasonable condition, but "in need of an overhaul" and was operating at a loss. The North Wales Bowls Centre was deemed to be in a "fairly good condition" and only in need of relatively minimal repairs.

Recommendations due to go before the council's cabinet include:

Sun Centre, Rhyl

  • Not to re-open as a wet leisure facility

  • Explore potential for alternative use as dry facility

Nova Centre, Prestatyn

  • Not to re-open before proposed refurbishment, assuming business case is approved

  • Continue with the refurbishment business case before decision in April/May

North Wales Bowls Centre

  • To re-open on slightly reduced opening hours, according to seasonal demand.
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