The owner of Llandudno pier looking at a £1 charge although there will be plenty of exemptions – including for kids, pensioners and locals
The owner of Llandudno pier has spoken about charging a quid to come on the pier and a dispute over his rides with Conwy council’s Trading Standards department.
Adam Williams said this week that he was considering implementing a small charge as he tried to recoup some of the hundreds of thousands of pounds in lost revenue due to the lockdown closure.
He now says he is looking at a £1 charge although there will be plenty of exemptions – including for kids, pensioners and locals.
His reopening preparations at the pier – which opens on Saturday, July11 – and his Tir Prince Amusement Park in Towyn have been hit by another unexpected hurdle.
This is because while he believes his rides on the pier and at Tir Prince should be classed as an outdoor attraction or amusement park, the council says they are funfairs, which must remain closed.
It means no reopening for Tir Prince and rides staying shut on the pier.
Mr Williams said: We are an outdoor attraction, the same as somewhere like Zip World, we do rides.
We knew indoor attractions had not been given the go ahead but we were all geared up to open up outside, our rides on the pier and the park at Tir Prince. But we were phoned by Trading Standards and told because they say we are a funfair that we can’t open. They said as we are have rides and games we are classed under funfairs, he said.
He added: The main issue is whether we are Covid safe and we are. We can social distance and the site is outdoors, we are safe.
This has a major impact, there are around 50 people employed at Tir Prince and on the rides on the pier. There is also a knock on impact on other parts of the pier, like the stalls and food places. People come for the rides and then use these, Williams said.
Sites like ours are opening around Wales – it is Conwy that is interpreting it in this way while other councils are not, there should be one rule in Wales, he added.
On charging, he added: We will not be charging when we open on Saturday as we are not set up. In the future we are planning to charge £1 but OAPs and children will be free, NHS will be free, people with a Llandudno postcode will be free, we will ask for donations too.
A spokeswoman from Conwy council said: The advice given is in line with The Health Protection (Coronavirus Restrictions) (Wales) Regulations 2020 and the Welsh Government guidance, which state that funfairs (whether outdoors or indoors) must remain closed.
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