ANGRY locals are fighting to restore a seaside resort after the sand was replaced by giant rocks.
They say the stones — placed there in 2014 as part of a sea defence scheme — make the beach inaccessible to kids, old folk and disabled people.
A petition to remove them has been backed by more than 12,500 people at Llandudno, North Wales.
They want the Welsh government to fund a £24million scheme to cover it in sand, compared to the £7million to keep the rocks.
Ian Turner, who started the petition, said: “It has been a long time coming. Hopefully this will be a game-changer.”
Aberconwy Welsh Assembly member Janet Finch-Saunders said other resorts in the area were sandy and protected.
She added: “The sand was here for donkey’s years, and literally when I say ‘donkey’s years’, the donkeys that were always a huge attraction in Llandudno can’t go on the beach now because of the stones.
“Having sand back will encourage more families to come.”
Climate change minister Julie James said previously the “sand option provides no additional flood benefit, at a much greater cost”.
“The coastal risk management programme is for coastal risk management; it’s not for tourist attractions and other aesthetic value.
“I’m not denying the value of that; I’m just saying that’s not what the programme is for. So, if Conwy County Borough Council want to get an alternative sand option at Llandudno north shore, they really need to look for alternative sources of funding.
“There are some other sources of funding available, but, in all conscience, I cannot take a coastal management programme that’s specifically designed to protect places from flooding and use it for a completely different purpose.”
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