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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.

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

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Rhyl Mayor 'gobsmacked' by royal couple donation

The Mayor of Rhyl has said he was "gobsmacked" after the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge donated £5,000 to help flood victims in North Wales.

Andrew Rutherford revealed on Facebook that the royal couple had made the donation to the town's flood appeal.

A Clarence House spokesperson confirmed that the pair had made the private donation, but declined to comment on the amount.

I was gobsmacked when the letter arrived but it goes to show that when you keep the awareness of an issue in the media things can, and do, happen. Thank you William and Catherine, Duke and Duchess of Cambridge

– Andrew Rutherford, Mayor of Rhyl

Duke and Duchess of Cambridge help for flood victims

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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge used to live in Anglesey Credit: PA

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have donated £5,000 to help flood victims in North Wales.

Andrew Rutherford, the mayor of Rhyl, revealed on Facebook that the royal couple had made the donation to the town's flood appeal.

A Clarence House spokesman confirmed that the pair had made a private donation but declined to comment on the amount.

The Royal couple lived on the island of Anglesey when they were first married, and the nearby seaside town of Rhyl was severely affected by storms in December.

Charity's cash offer to open your own shop in Rhyl

Carnegie UK Trust says up to £10,000 is on offer to the best idea. Credit: visitwales.com

A project has been launched to encourage young people to consider opening a high street business to help revitalise "flagging" town centres.

One town where the charity the Carnegie UK Trust is targeting 16 to 30-year-olds by offering to help with ideas for opening new shops is Rhyl.

The charity hopes that thousands of youngsters will apply to be part of its TestTown initiative, which will be held this summer.Regional winners will receive £500 start-up funding, while the national winner will get £10,000 to invest in a business.

Jim Metcalfe of the Carnegie UK Trust said, "TestTown will demonstrate that imaginative, youthful thinking can help our flagging high streets. It will show young people that they can realise their potential and create great new businesses.

"There is chronic youth unemployment in the UK and the sight of vacant shops in our town centres is something this initiative aims to change."

Other towns and cities involved are Manchester, Middlesbrough, Kirkinilloch, Bury St Edmunds, Perth and Coleraine.

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Rhyl couple enter US balloon sculpting competition

The couple made this sculpture of the DeLorean car from the Back to the Future films.

A couple from Rhyl will lead a UK team at a competition in America next month, creating a British-themed sculpture using 30,000 balloons.

Mike and Sara Harris will compete in the large sculpture category at the World Balloon Convention in Denver.

The couple from For Every Occasion Balloon Artists based in Rhyl will lead a team which will be given 27 hours to build their British-themed masterpiece from scratch.

The team will have to make their British-themed sculpture from scratch.

Mountain bike track opens on former dumping ground

45,000 tons of material was excavated from the former dumping ground to build the track. Credit: Denbighshire County Council

A new mountain bike track will officially be opened today in Rhyl on a former dumping ground, after being funded through the European Regional Development Fund with the Welsh Government and Visit Wales.

The new Marsh Tracks bike park is built on the Rhyl Cut, where 45,000 tons of material was excavated to create the new track and cycling facilities.

The track was also built for less than it would have cost to take the excavated material to a landfill site.

Cycling and mountain biking contributes millions to the tourism economy of Wales. Credit: Denbighshire County Council

Clwyd Leisure: no way the jobs can be saved

Rhyl's Sun Centre is one of the three facilities that will close Credit: ITV Wales

Talks to save hundreds of jobs at three leisure centres in Denbighshire have failed.

In a statement, Clwyd Leisure announced that Rhyl's Sun Centre and Prestatyn's Nova and Indoor Bowls Centre will be closed with immediate effect.

They said negotiations with Denbighshire County Council over transferring staff had finished with no way the jobs could be saved.

They added that an insolvency practitioner to co-ordinate the closure of the Company.

"It is with great regret that the Directors have had to make this decision and they thank all their dedicated staff for their efforts and all our loyal customers who have supported us through-out these difficult past months."

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