Colwyn Bay's steel visitor centre next to pier gets ridiculed
Several disparaging messages written in guest book
A visitor centre on Colwyn Bay waterfront has been ridiculed for being little more than a workman’s hut.
The “centre”, in front of the derelict Victoria Pier, is a tin can roughly two by three metres in size.
For tourists walking from the town to the waterfront this will be their first sight of the renovated beach and promenade, along with the dilapidated pier.
It was installed in April as part of the contractor's public interaction and since then there have been several disparaging comments written in the guest book.
Philippa wrote: “Was a bit c***, couldn’t even get on the beach, got threatened and had to leave. Very disappointing.”
Jane Blythe, visiting the waterfront from Prestatyn with her two children, said: “I thought it was a joke at first. It does look very bleak.
“It’s not exactly the most enticing sight but it does include information on the work.
“We had heard how good the beach was last summer so we didn’t expect more work to be going on.” She added: “It just seems funny to me that they use this little box as a visitor centre when the big building over there [Porth Eirias] is pretty much empty”
One visitor from Penrhyn Bay said: “Nice beach, nice weather, no access. Why does Conwy Council get everything the wrong way round?
“Hope this project is not another big white elephant like all the rest.”
On Twitter, David Jones MP was scathing of the portable cabin.
He wrote: “How could anyone seriously think that would entice visitors in?
“Couldn’t they use Porth Eirias as a temporary visitor centre? It’s not as if there’s a shortage of space there.”
And Gareth Daniels, a tourism graduate who works for North Wales Tourism, wrote: “How can you brand a destination as ‘thriving’ or ‘emerging’ when you have this greeting tourists?”
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