RUTHIN COULD become the home of a new outdoor velodrome and multi-sports complex, after plans were submitted to the council.

In an application by Denbighshire Leisure Ltd, the grassy Mold Road site, adjacent to Ruthin Leisure and Ysgol Brynhyfryd, would become part of a Ruthin Leisure Centre.

This centre would be made up of an outdoor velodrome, sports pitch, and a multi-use games area.

Denbighshire Free Press: A location plan of the site.A location plan of the site. (Image: DCC)

The plans also include the erection of a bike maintenance and storage building, associated earthworks, formation of pathways and hard standings, and the erection of fencing and associated works.

The development would be supported by £2.3million of funding from Sports Wales and Welsh Cycling, and could prove to be a transformative project for the town, providing health, financial and educational benefits and more opportunities for young people.

It would be the first velodrome to be built in North Wales.

Cllr Anne Roberts, mayor of Ruthin, said she backed the move, and that the proposal had received a lot of support from the town council.

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She told the Denbighshire Free Press: “They [the council] have sort of agreed to support it, it would be very good for the town and North Wales.

“It’s amazing to me that Welsh Cycling have gone for a small town in North Wales when they could have picked anywhere.

Denbighshire Free Press: The bike and storage shed.The bike and storage shed. (Image: DCC)

“We really have got to support this, it will be good for the town and would be a huge advantage and benefit for the school as well, and I hope they see it that way.

She added that despite there being a “couple of obstacles” left, the process was in Denbighshire County Council’s hands.

Velodrome plans have been in the pipeline for several years - it was initially planned for a piece of land near Glasdir but following a review of "likely build costs", a second location was pitched - which is when Ysgol Brynhyfryd was put forward as a likely preferred location.

A decision from the council is due by March 6, after a public consultation backed the plans.