High Sheriff praises young Rhyl regeneration artists

The High Sheriff of Clwyd Mr Henry Dixon visited West Rhyl on Thursday  to see how young artists are transforming properties in the town’s regeneration area.

 The High Sheriff’s Crimebeat Fund sponsored a poster competition at two of the town’s junior schools, Ysgol Emmanuel and Christchurch School, to design vibrant sign boards for properties which form part of the regeneration scheme currently underway in the town.

 Clwyd Alyn Housing Association, part of the Pennaf housing Group, has been working with Project Partners Denbighshire County Council and the Welsh Government to refurbish some homes, build new properties, and clear areas to make way for a new community green space area.

 As properties have been acquired for the project they have been boarded up, and responding to local concerns, Clwyd Alyn arranged for designs provided by local school children to brighten up the doors.

 “It’s really excellent to see children involved in the regeneration of their town and their artwork is superb. It shows real pride in their home town and it’s good to let people know that the properties which have been boarded up are part of creating a vibrant new area,” said Mr Dafydd Ifans, Chair of Clwyd Alyn Housing Association.

Sarah Baldwin, Clwyd Alyn’s Assistant Surveyor added: “ We’d like to thank the High Sheriff for supporting this creative initiative and also say a special Thank You to both of the winning artists, Izabelle Murphy  and Bailey Heap, and to every one at Ysgol Emmanuel and Christchurch School in Rhyl who contributed their artwork and ideas.

 The High Sheriff of Clwyd, Mr Henry Dixon, presented certificates and  a £10 book token for the winners together with £50 to each of the schools, with Christchurch Teacher Miss Hannah Bach representing Bailey, who was unable to attend on Thursday.

 High Sheriff Mr Henry Dixon said: “This is exactly the sort of creative initiative that we wish to encourage at the Crimebeat Fund. It is about local communities taking an innovative approach to improving their neighbourhoods and the school children have done a wonderful job.”

 20 of the submitted designs have already been converted into door boards and funding is also currently being sought for more of the children’s designs to be turned into door boards for additional properties ear-marked for the regeneration work.

Cllr Hugh Evans, Leader of Denbighshire County Council and Lead Member for Economic Development said: “This is an excellent initiative that is helping to engage with people, especially youngsters, about the work that is going on to regenerate Rhyl. These designs will certainly bring some colour to the area and they send out a clear message that the young people are proud of their town and what is going on to improve the quality of life for people in their local community”.