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Crumbling to ruin; Shocking pictures reveal state of historic hospital.

Byline: ALEX HICKEY

THESE are the shocking pictures cataloguing the ruinous state of a Grade II listed former mental hospital.

Members of a group campaigning for the restoration of the old North Wales Hospital site near Denbigh, entered the building and captured a scene of devastation with corridors collapsing into cellars, hundreds of broken windows and apparent internal fire damage.

Speculation has surrounded the future use of the Victorian era complex, since it closed as a mental hospital in 1995.

Last year it was one of a handful of sites mooted as the potential home of a North Wales prison and planning permission was granted by Denbighshire County Council in 2006 to build homes and commercial buildings. Both those plans failed to materialise.

It is currently owned by businessman Ayub Bhailok's off-shore firm Acebench.

A local woman who does not want to be named entered the site to show how badly the hospital has deteriorated. She said: "We are desperate that something is done to raise awareness about the state of the buildings. The hospital is in a completely horrible condition."

Another campaigner Sally McKechnie called on the council to intervene to stop the buildings from collapsing completely.

A council spokeswoman said: "We are working very hard to address the problems with the North Wales Hospital and we recognise the buildings are in need of urgent works to prevent any further decline.

"We have advised the owner that it is our intention to serve an urgent works notice, requiring the owner to carry out essential repair work."

Mr Bhailok did not respond to the Daily Post's request for a comment.

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Some of the images taken by a concerned local resident of the former Denbigh Mental Hospital (main and inset) and as it once was (inset)
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Publication:Daily Post (Liverpool, England)
Date:Mar 9, 2011
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