"Denbigh at the Crossroads of the Vale of Clwyd"
Denbigh Town Council came into being on the 1st
April 1974 following local government reorganisation.
Previous to that date the town of Denbigh had its
own self contained local authority - Denbigh Borough Council comprising of 16
councillor led by a Mayor and 3 Aldermen The Borough Council was formed on the
1st January 1836.
The present Town Council is made up of 15 councillors representing three wards of the town: Upper, Central and Lower. 5 councillors represent the Upper Ward, 3 the Central Ward and 7 the Lower Ward. The 2001 census gave the population of Denbigh as 9,528 divided between the wards as follows:
Upper - 3,116
Central - 1,997
Lower - 4,415
Five county councillors are elected to represent Denbigh on Denbighshire County Council – 2 for the Upper Ward (which also includes the community of Henllan), 1 for the Central Ward and 2 for the Lower Ward. Two county councillors are also member of the Town Council. The Town Council is administered by the Town Clerk who is also the Financial Officer with an office located at the Town Hall.
Walls and Walks
The Town Walls are of particular interest to visitors. A new project, Walls and Walks, has begun to bridge the gap between getting from the town centre up to the castle area and around the walls that once held back Oliver Cromwell's Roundheads during the Civil War. Call at the Town library if you would like to borrow the keys to the town walls, and enjoy a stroll back in time! Burgess Gate, the main entrance to the old town, boasts twin towers, forming the symbol on Denbigh's civic seal. Another building worth a look is Leicester's Church, and although never completed, the church was built by Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester, reputedly Queen Elizabeth I's lover.
The Townscape Heritage Initiative has helped restore a number of local properties to their former glory and many of these historic buildings open their doors to the public during annual heritage weekends. They include an old butter market, a Carmelite monastic house, the old Bull Hotel, Bron y Ffynnon (a tudor townhouse), the churches of St Mary's and St Marcella's, chapels such as Capel Mawr, Pendref Chapel and Swan Lane Chapel. A figure from the past looming large over the town is Dr Evan Pierce, a 19th century medic. A 50-foot statue and memorial gardens in Vale Street are dedicated to his memory, and these are currently being renovated.
Denbigh's state-of-the-art library in the town centre was once the County Hall, and dates back to the 16th century. Today it houses a wealth of books, computers and a gallery which hosts highly acclaimed art exhibitions. Spring 2005 saw the library becoming a base for BBC Wales’ pioneering, three-month community venture centred on Denbigh, helping put the town and district firmly on the map.
The Town Council is committed to improving quality of life for all its residents.
The Town Council recognises its duty to be responsive to the needs of all who live and work in the town and to do so in a way which respects cultural identity and equality of opportunity.
The Town Council will work in partnership with all other bodies, whether statutory, public, private, voluntary or community in order to improve the quality of life and well-being of its community and to promote the town in an active and positive manner.
Denbigh Town Council came into existence on the 1st April 1974. The present town council is made up of 15 councillors representing the town’s three wards, namely: Upper Ward, Central Ward and Lower Ward.
5 councillors represent the Upper Ward, 3 the Central Ward and 7 the Lower Ward. Five county councillors are elected to represent Denbigh on Denbighshire County Council: 2 for the Upper Ward (which also includes the community of Henllan), 1 for the Central Ward and 2 for the Lower Ward. Two of the county councillors are also members of the town council.
The Town Council meets in the council chamber located at the Town Hall twice a month with the exception of August. In addition there are a number of sub committees that meet as and when required. The town council is administered by the Town Clerk who is also the Financial Officer with an office located at the Town Hall