THERE was anger as Llandudno’s children’s paddling pool was left empty at the weekend despite thousands of visitors basking in the hot weather.
Visitors looking to cool down down the children without a trek across the rock-strewn North Shore beach to the sea were left seething as the pool at Craig y Don stayed dry.
A spokeswoman for Conwy Borough Council said that the pool was always scheduled to open to the public on June 2 but hoteliers and businesses were annoyed it did not open earlier.
One hotelier said that he directed a family with two young children to the pool and was amazed when they returned in the evening and said the pool was empty.
“We work really hard to attract people to the town and to our hotel but we feel we are let down by the powers that be over local facilites,“ the hotelier added.
“The main beach is disappearing under tons of rock and the West Shore is often a mess. The old pier pavilion site has been left overgrown and some of the old hotels like the Clarence are boarded up.
He added: “It really does not give a good impression of the town.”
Ray Rock, proprietor of the Headlands Hotel, near the Happy Valley on the Great Orme, said hotels in the town were operating in a "strange environment" due to increases in costs and having to compete with other locations visited by tourists from the north-west of England - the area from which Llandudno has traditionally drawn its visitors.
He said: "You have to consider we've lost eight hotels since last year and we've got 16 going back to private residences. The town has gone something like 55% down in number of visitors sthis year, which is a massive amount.
“People have not got a lot of money. There's high petrol prices and we're also competing with places like the Lake District and the Peak District - which is closer to north-west and much friendlier to visitors."
He added: “I think a third of the accommodation businesses we have in Llandudno won't be here next year. We need a very good long hot summer to keep us going.
“That's 5,000 people that aren't going into shops in Mostyn Street or local restaurants and bars.”