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Public to have say on hospital future
Denbigh Hospital
Denbigh Hospital will be revamped after it was sold in 2002
Denbighshire residents could help decide the future of a former psychiatric hospital, nine years after it closed.

Denbigh Hospital was bought at auction for 310,000 in 2002 after years of being subsidised by council tax payers.

Now they will be able to have their say on the future of the Grade II- listed building which has fallen into disrepair in recent years and been vandalised.

The gothic style building has long been associated with mental health care in north east Wales and patients from across the region used to be cared for there.

"There are no firm proposals in place at this time but the suggested preferred option could be a mix of employment, residential, community and leisure facilities on the site," said county councillor Mike German.

New houses

"There would also be an effort to save the most historic parts of the listed building."

Before it was auctioned in 2002, North Wales Health Authority tried to sell the building but offers in the region of 1m were initially refused.

After years of delay it was eventually sold for 155,000 in 1999 to a Lancashire businessman who planned to build a housing development on the 120-acre site.

However, Gerald Hitman ran into opposition from local people and the 1840's listed building was left dormant until it was snapped up at auction by a businessman who still owns the property.

In an attempt to find a long-term future for the site and buildings, Denbighshire Council with the owners and other organisations to look at the options available.

The dates of the proposed exhibition for residents to see what is planned for the building are not yet known.


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