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Pink hotel needs 'white' approval

Oasis, Llandudno
The hotel caught the eye of planning officials back in spring, 2008

Owners of a seaside hotel claim work to cover pink paintwork is being delayed, because officials want to approve the shade of white being used.

Conwy council ordered the Oasis Hotel on Llandudno's seafront to repaint pink pillars and windows, after ruling the exterior did not meet guidelines.

Ann Blanchard, who owns the hotel with husband David, said the latest tussle with officials is "beyond a joke".

A Conwy council spokesperson said they were not commenting on the issue.

"I feel sick. It's gone beyond a joke, I've really had enough" said Mrs Blanchard.

"It's made me feel like throwing in the towel."

The pink hotel first fell foul of planning regulations in May 2008, when parts of the front of the hotel were painted a "vibrant, deep pink".

The move led to the issue being raised by Mostyn Estates, which hold the freehold for land on much of Llandudno's promenade, and can stipulate how buildings are painted.

'End saga'

After almost a year long battle with Conwy council over the issue, the Planning Inspectorate for Wales rejected an appeal from the Blanchards, and ordered the bright pink colours be replaced with more muted tones.

But Mrs Blanchard claims some of that work has been further delayed, after further discussions with Conwy council planning officials.

"At first, we were told the gloss finish on the current paint would have to be replaced with a matt," she alleged.

"That would have required a lot of work, and finally we were told we could do it with a satin finish."

She said a cherry-picker platform was put on order to help carry out the work, but then they hit another snag.

"They want to approve the paint - to make sure it's the right shade of white," she said.

"I told the council officer 'I can't believe you have said that'."

The owners said they were now sourcing new paint and hope to get final approval for the work in the next week.

"We just want an end to this saga," said Mrs Blanchard.

A spokesperson for Conwy council told BBC Wales that they were not making any further comments relating to the Oasis Hotel.

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