Ghost factory in Wales site for artificial wave
Surf Snowdonia in the works on site of former aluminium factory
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 14 March, 2013 : - - A wave surfing attraction will transform the former Dolgarrog aluminium factory site, bringing over 100 new jobs to the area. Newly-formed Conwy Adventure Leisure will hold a public consultation day later this month to give people the chance to see their multi-million pound plans to develop Surf Snowdonia.
Locals recently spotted officials examining the contaminated 40 acre site, which would need to be cleaned up. The concept of a Wave Garden was originally developed in Spain to create a realistic surfing experience by using man-made waves, doing it in locations far away from the sea.
Cllr Ronnie Hughes, Conwy’s cabinet member for economic regeneration, said: “If the project comes off it will be the most exciting project in Wales. “It would employ more than 100 people, three figures minimum.”
The news was welcomed by Alun Jones, the mayor of Llanrwst, who worked at the aluminium factory for 25 years. He said: “This sounds fantastic. For all of us who worked there it has been so sad to see the place left to rot. “There are no worthwhile employers in the area apart from Conwy Council, so this could be a huge boost for the Conwy Valley, and for the county as a whole.”
There have been several aborted attempts to develop the plot in the past. In 2010, owner Ainscough Johnston said it was still looking for investors to help them transform it into an exciting tourist attraction.
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Source: The Daily Post
Author: Mari Jones
Tags: Wave Garden, Wales, Human-made Waves