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Much-loved octopus slide 'not for sale to public' ICONIC SUN CENTRE FEATURE TO BE RECYCLED DESPITE REPORTS IT WAS OFFERED FOR PS600.

Byline: KELLY WILLIAMS Daily Post Chief Reporter kelly.williams@trinitymirror.com

RHYL Sun Centre's iconic octopus slide has reportedly been offered up for sale for PS600 - despite being described as 'condemned' by council chiefs. Trevor Roberts approached contractors, Bond Demolition to express an interest in the 34-yearold ride.

He was told he could have it for cash.

Mr Roberts claims he told the firm he wanted to use the slide, which was previously condemned and deemed unfit for use by Denbighshire council, rather than buy it for its scrap value.

But council officers told the Daily Post that materials, fixtures and fittings from inside the facility can be sold off for their scrap metal value to counteract the costs of demolition and deconstruction, as is standard. Mr Roberts told the Daily Post: "When I saw the workmen putting the hoardings up around the Sun Centre last week, I went over and told them I wanted to buy the octopus.

"They took my details and said they would pass them on to the demolition company who contacted me via email.

"No mention was made of buying it off as scrap, I told them I wanted it as it was and was told I could have it for PS600 cash.

"I had no intention of buying it, I just wanted to see what they said.

"I know the octopus slide is iconic, but there's no way its scrap value is PS600."

Earlier this month, the Daily Post reported how both the octopus and elephant slides were destined for the scrapheap as the Sun Centre gets set for demolition on August 22.

Members of the public expressed their disappointment, with many suggesting they could be moved to the town's Drift Park, while others expressed an interest in buying them.

One woman even contacted the council directly offering to buy the "piece of history" after we reported the story, but her offer was refused.

Now, a Denbighshire Council spokesman has insisted the slides will not be sold off to members of the public.

He said: "The Sun Centre contents, including the slides, are still the property of Denbighshire Council. The contents and slides in particular will be disposed of and recycled accordingly and appropriately given their current condition, with the Denbigh-shire's approval and consent.

"The slides will not be sold off to the public, or any other organisation due to their condition.

"The slides from the Rhyl Sun Centre have been condemned for use and Denbighshire County Council are working with contractors to dispose of the parts in the correct manner.

"We will be making a conscious effort to work with the contractor to salvage as many items as we can practically and safely, that may have some historic significance.

"The monorail cart being salvaged and kept for display purposes being an example.

"We are happy with the arrangements going ahead."

Meanwhile, Denbighshire Council say their new replacement aquatic centre - earmarked for a site on West Parade - will include slides with plans expected to be unveiled in September.

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