Vale of Clwyd MS Gareth Davies has criticised the Telegraph newspaper in the Senedd, describing Rhyl as having 'no fun', ‘no history’ and ‘no entertainment’ and calls on Telegraph journalists to spend more time in the town to meet with local people and what the town has to offer visitors and local residents.
A recent Telegraph index has declared Rhyl to be the UK's 'worst seaside town' and local Member of the Senedd, Gareth Davies, asked the Welsh Government what they are going to do to change this wrong perception and what investment and work they’re undertaking to create well-paid, sustainable jobs in the area to provide a more buoyant local economy for everyone to enjoy.
Commenting, Gareth said:
''Rhyl has had its problems over the years which have been well documented and there is still lots of work to do, but it is a town with a lot of history and is a positive position in North Wales. Gwrych Castle, which is viewable from Rhyl, entertained us during the worst of COVID by hosting 'I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here!' and provided plenty of fun and entertainment for people across the country''.
Gareth added to his comments by raising in the Senedd chamber how Rhyl has plenty to offer. He highlighted how Rhyl has ''3-miles of unspoiled beach, a Sea Life Centre, SC2, 1891'' to name a just few of the things Rhyl has to offer. Gareth questioned how Rhyl's fortunes and wider perceptions can ever be turned around if this is the attitude that the media has. The Telegraph should look at the work that local people are putting into Rhyl to improve the town and should work positively with local authorities to attract its readers to Rhyl.
Gareth was encouraged to hear that the Welsh Government understands that Rhyl needs more funding and that investments in Rhyl are going into making it an attractive place to visit and hopes that the Welsh Government can work closely with the UK Government and Denbighshire County Council to continue Rhyl's upward trend.