Express. Home of the Daily and Sunday Express. HOME News Royal Showbiz & TV Sport Comment Finance Travel Entertainment Life & Style UK Politics Royal US World Science Weather Weird History Nature Sunday InYourArea The Welsh government has reportedly refused to cover the costs of the beach’s sand being reinstated and said local officials need to find alternative sources of funding. 07:38, Thu, Aug 24, 2023 | UPDATED: 08:24, Thu, Aug 24, 2023
One beach in Wales has become so dangerous some people refuse to step on it (Image: Getty)
Locals have launched a furious campaign to bring sand back to a beach which has been filled with “dangerous” shingle for nearly a decade.
Llandudno in Wales had its beautiful beach filled with boulders in 2014 to protect hotels nearby from flooding. But residents are now in a battle with the Welsh Government to bring the beach back to its former glory.
While the return of sand to Llandudno’s beach would have some benefits for local residents, the cost is sky-high.
According to estimates, bringing sand and groynes back to the beach could cost £24m while a second scheme to keep the rocks would cost just £7m.
The Welsh government has reportedly refused to cover the costs of the beach and said local officials need to find alternative sources of funding.
Local residents are calling for the return of sand to the local area (Image: Getty)
Conwy County Borough Council has reportedly agreed to support a non-sand option for the beach.
The latest decision by the council forms part of an ongoing saga over the shoreline. In April, a Llandudno councillor started a petition on the Welsh Government website.
Following a wave of signatures, the petition has now reached over 10,000 which means it will be considered for debate by the Welsh Government.
One of the reasons local residents are keen for the beach to return is because of safety, some residents are reportedly so concerned by the boulders they are scared to go on the beach.
The future of the beach will be discussed in the Senedd (Image: Getty)
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The petition for the return of sand to the beach stated: “Fund the removal of quarry rocks and the restoration of sand and groynes to Llandudno North Shore. 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.”
Speaking to North Wales Live about the beach, Janet Finch-Saunders said: “I am so pleased to see how passionate residents and tourists alike are about saving North Shore Beach.
“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.”
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