Wednesday, 25 May 2016


This season Rhyl’s seafront is compromised once again by three large development sites where little or nothing seems to be happening. The photos in this post were taken on Monday 23rd May 2016 by Yours Truly.

At the former Ocean Beach Fun Fair in West Parade the familiar dark blue fence has given way to wire netting and a little bit of grassing. A cabbie tells me that seats appeared on there for a while and then disappeared. The fun fair closed down in 2007 – nine years ago:

The former Grange Hotel in East Parade has been demolished but nothing else seems to be going on. The fire that damaged the hotel beyond repair was in 2008:

In the space where the Honey Club used to be in West Parade there is still nothing to dance about. The club closed down in 2010 or earlier:

The above sites are of special concern because of their high visibility during summer season but we have other ‘stagnant spaces’ such as this one at 57 Russell Road - not far from St. Thomas' Church:

This was the location of Northgate School, a private day school for 4-11 year old boys and girls. I think it became a play school or day care centre for a while before demolition. For many years the site has been unused.


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