Posted on August 30, 2023
Nearly 10,000 people in a seaside resort are demanding officials bring back their beach after a sandy shore was replaced with giant rocks.
Locals at the popular resort town of Llandudno, North Wales, are calling on the Welsh Labour Government to fund a £24millon scheme to cover the beach in sand and put in groynes as a sea defence system to attract tourists.
A petition signed by 9,800 people calls for the government to ‘fund the removal of quarry rocks and the restoration of sand and groynes to Llandudno North Shore.’
It adds: ‘In 2014 Conwy County Borough Council dumped a further 50,000 tonnes of oversized and untested quarry rocks onto North Shore. This action destroyed the beach.
‘Access for many is almost impossible, and dangerous if people try. It’s a blight on the landscape, and detrimental to our main economy tourism.’
Pictured here is how the beach back in the late 1990s
A campaign has been running to secure funding from Welsh Government’s coastal protection fund for a scheme that will bring sand back.
But this sand and groynes project would cost £24m – compared to the planned £7m one that would leave rocks in place.
The petition has also been backed by local Tory MS Janet Finch-Saunders.
She said: ‘If you want to see those horrible boulders removed from our beach please sign the petition.
‘With boulders on the beach, people are unable to enjoy using the foreshore like they used to. It is dangerous, and inaccessible to many.
‘One of the UK’s leading destinations, and the Queen of Welsh Resorts deserves a sandy beach.’
Locals at the popular resort town of Llandudno, North Wales, are calling on the Welsh Labour Government to fund a £24millon scheme
Pictured here are the quarry rocks that were dumped on the beach in 2014
A group of people run on to the beach circa 1990s at the North Wales seaside