Wrexham beach plans could be back on agenda

Published date: 05 December 2013 |
Published by: Nathan Rowden
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BEACHGOERS more used to venturing to the North Wales coast could get a four-day slice of the seaside in Wrexham town centre next summer.

Original proposals for a four-day ‘urban beach’ – run by Wrexham Council – were scaled down to a single day of sandpit fun in Queens Square and Llwyn Isaf in August.

Plans for the four-day beach party – which would have included a nine metre by 14 metre beach, 50 deckchairs, face-painting, stilt walkers, buckets and spades and 125 helium balloons – was dropped following a lack of money and public support.

But at a meeting of the Wrexham Town Centre Forum on Tuesday night, James du-Koning, who owns Wrexham based funfair company Grand Prix Dodgems, suggested he might be able to put the full four-day beach event back on the table for next year.

Mr du-Koning said: “I would like to propose an urban beach on Queen’s Square. I know it didn’t come off this year but I would like maybe to make it a commercial venture.”

Mr du-Koning said his connections within his industry meant he would be able to put the event on.

He wants to get the event off the ground, after hundreds of children flocked to Queens Square and Llwyn Isaf for the single day of fun this year.

The sand pit for August’s one-day fun day was a scaled-down version of the one first planned for the area, while the bouncy castle, volleyball and slippery slide proved popular.

Mr du-Koning said: “I would like to bring a bigger sand area next year.

“But my hope would be to have a few fairground rides like a big wheel and helter skelter as well as donkey rides and a Punch and Judy show. Just like a day at the beach.”

Because it would be a commercial event, fairground rides would carry a charge.

But Mr du-Koning said he would be hopeful of providing the beach area for free.

Mr du-Koning stressed his plan was at a discussion stage and no decisions had been made.

Wrexham Council said it did not wish to comment on Mr du-Koning’s proposals.

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