MP welcomes latest progress on new hospital for Rhyl
Vale of Clwyd MP, Dr James Davies, has welcomed news that next week the business case for the new hospital at the Royal Alex site in Rhyl will be considered by the Health Board. This follows considerable pressure from the MP to move the project forward and provide badly needed services lost after a partial closure in 2009.
The Health Board has stated that the Business Case proposes an investment of £39.98m to redevelop the hospital offering a broad range of health and wellbeing services which will enhance the delivery of local community based care and support. Subject to approval by the Board, the proposal will be submitted to Welsh Government to seek approval to proceed to the final stage of the process which is the preparation of a Full Business Case.
Commenting Dr Davies said, “I have consistently applied pressure to move this project forward. When beds were lost at the hospital back in 2009 it only added to the pressure on services at Glan Clwyd as we pointed out to the Welsh Government repeatedly. I urge Cardiff to back this project so we can finally move forward”.
Following a safety review, in-patient wards were closed in 2009 and since then limited services have been offered at the site. Back in October 2014 it was announced that the Strategic Case for an integrated community hospital had been approved and that more detailed proposals would come forward in 2015.
In 2009 there was much consternation about the loss of beds at the hospital, especially as a number of community hospitals were being lost in the region, impacting on patients families and causing capacity problems. Since then promises were made in relation to the future for the hospital in Rhyl, particularly after the closure of Chatsworth House.
Mr. Ifor Davies, Parliamentary Under Secretary at the Welsh Office cuts the ribbon to officially open the St. Asaph by-pass in 1969 accompanied by Brigadier H.S.K Mainwaring, Lord Lieutenant of Flintshire.
According to press reports at the time, Brigadier Mainwaring commented that the road should be given a name instead of an impersonal number and suggested Ffordd Gwynedd.
The St. Asaph by-pass section of the A55 covers a distance of 1¾ miles, cost over £1½ million and was said to be double the average cost of a road built to the same standard due to the dificult terrain.
Mr. Ifor Davies said at the time that the new road illustrated the interdependence of England and Wales which had always existed but often foolishly ignored by those concerned solely with expenditure within the Principality. He said “Let us stop this nonsense about keeping Wales for the Welsh. This country has an open door for all men of goodwill”.
Although planned to encourage tourism to the area it has taken until 2017 for a positive move to be made to erect a ‘brown sign’ to encourage tourists to the Vale of Clwyd including two iconic Welsh castles and our own Cathedral!!
County Councillor Bill Cowie (West Ward)
Update on roadworks expected to be carried out around St. Asaph during the coming months, some of which I have been asking for over a long period of time.
It is good to see the new bridge at Spring Gardens progressing, hopefully to be in place by the beginning of April. At the same time work on flood defences will be carried out in the Lower Denbigh Road area.
- 23/1/17 Drainage work outside BT next to the Co-op on Lower Denbigh Road. Should take about a week.
- 30/1/17—22/2/17 The Roe, Gas main renewal works/traffic lights in operation.
- Possibly March/April, road reconstruction and surfacing work on The Roe.
- April 2017, Lower Denbigh Road/Glascoed Road mini roundabout—flood alleviation works. Traffic lights for a 10 week period.
The long term problem with surface water on Rose Hill, Glascoed Road, has now been resolved.
There are plans in hand for a major facelift for the Bro Havard estate over the next year which I will report on further when plans are finalised.