Saturday, 18 June 2011

Curious case of the disappearing Poundstretcher

Ever since the Woolworths store in Llandudno closed several years ago, there has been a great deal of speculation about who will be the new long term occupier of the premises. Both Publishers Book Clearance and Alworths have occupied the site but it has been empty for a few months after the demise of Alworths.

Last week, it was assumed Poundstretcher were taking over the premises as their signage was installed right along the shop canopy:

Now you see it....

However, in an interesting twist of events, it is widely rumoured that Tesco have gazumped them at the last moment so the shop can be used for a Tesco Express outlet. This would seem to be borne out by the fact that the Poundstretcher signage has been removed after less than a week in place:

Now you don't...

In my view, Tesco Express will revitalise that part of town and hopefully provide an impetus for other retailers to occupy the empty shops on that block. I understand that both the former Homestyle and Diskos shops are currently under offer.

Wednesday, 8 June 2011


Return by davidrobertsphotography
Return, a photo by davidrobertsphotography on Flickr.

After several years of deadlock, Conwy Councilllors voted today to move forward with the acquisition of the semi-derelict Colwyn Bay Pier.

This has to be good news for this beleaguered structure. The Plan is for the Council to grant a Lease to a local Community Group, who can work to both obtain grant funding for renovation work, whilst also carrying out smaller jobs themselves and reopening some of the pier's facilities to the public. I wish them the best of luck.

Sunday, 5 June 2011

Queen's Gardens Fountain

Very pleasing to see a powerful new fountain in Queen's Gardens, Colwyn Bay, a replacement for a rather feeble one that rarely worked due to vandalism. Well done to CCBC's Parks & Gardens Dept for getting this sorted out.

Next on their 'To Do' List - the Cascade water feature in Happy Valley, Llandudno....

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