Hopes that a permanent solutions could be in store to help restore Llandudno’s ‘kiddies corner’, which has been covered by rocks and stones. The North Shore in Llandudno was once a haven of soft golden sands where children could make sandcastles, but in recent years has taken a turn.
Earlier this year, Conwy County Council transported thousands of tonnes of sand from the West Shore to try to replenish the beach, but according to pleasure boat operator John Storer this has only been a partial success.
“If you simply dump large amounts of sand, especially unsuitable sand of the fine, windblown type cleared from West Shore, on top of the accumulated rocks and stones it’s the equivalent of trying build the brick walls of a house first, and then the foundations later.
It is believed that the importation of sand isn’t what is needed. It is much more simply the removal of the rocks and the building on a growyne in the correct place.“The area must be cleared of stones first, and then the existing sand beneath them will be uncovered,” he said.
“Removal of the rocks, and riddling the beach material, leaves a nice area of sand for people to enjoy.
“If sufficient very large rocks were imported to form a groyne to the north west and parallel to the far jetty this would suffice to prevent the migration of rocks and stones from the foot of the Orme and would see the return of the traditional children’s corner,” he suggested.
Cllr Mike Priestley, Conwy Council’s cabinet member for highways, said he was hoping to put measures in place to remove the rocks and stones from that part of the beach.
He explained: “ We’ve put in a formal request for an alteration to the licence which allows us to do work on the beach, to permit the removal of all the rock and stones from kiddies’ corner.
“We are determined to improve the area, and it’s a work in progress. Once the rocks are removed we will then be able to keep the beach clear of stones by using a surf rake to maintain the sandy area.
“We are committed to making improvements and hopefully will be able to carry out the work before too long.”
And he complimented Mr Storer on work his company has carried out to repair the main jetty after it was damaged by winter storms.
“They have done a fantastic job to restore an important amenity and we appreciate it,” he added.