North East Wales

Denbighshire Council set to tackle 'eyesore list'

A top 20 of "eyesore" sites has been drawn up in Denbighshire by officials trying to tidy them up.

The list includes 10 properties in Rhyl, though one of them - one of the oldest houses in the town in Pendyffryn Road - is already being redeveloped.

Among the sites are the former Gwasg Gee printing works in Denbigh, a listed building which at one stage was hoped to be converted into a printing museum.

Others include old pubs, a scout hut and a former bus shelter.

Here are some of the eyesore sites, and where they appear on the list:

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Image caption 1: A property in Kinmel Street in Rhyl
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Image caption 3: Former Scout Hall in Corwen
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Image caption 4: The Grange Hotel in Rhyl was damaged in a a fire in 2009 and further damaged in an arson attack and is set to be demolished for housing
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Image caption 6: The old Gwasg Gee printing works in Denbigh - there are hopes of preserving the building
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Image caption 7: The 450-year-old Dinorben Arms in Bodfari closed in 2007
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Image caption 9: Empty shops in High St, Rhyl
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Image caption 12: The Crown Hotel in Denbigh
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Image caption 17: Old auction rooms in Gemig Street, St Asaph

In a report to county councillors Steve Parker, the head of highways and environmental services, said: "At each of these sites the council's planning and public protection department are actively pursuing the owners and/ or using statutory powers in order to remove the or deal with the individual eyesore issues."

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