HOPES have been raised a derelict bingo hall can be brought back into use.
Flint councillor Alex Aldridge said he was confident the town’s former Palace Bingo and Social Club would be bought and used as a commercial property again.
The hall, which closed suddenly in November 2010 and has been empty ever since, is located by the A5119, a major junction into the town.
Cllr Aldridge said bringing the hall back into use would form “the last piece in the jigsaw” in the redevelopment of Flint.
He said: “The [bingo] hall can have an important future if we can encourage the right individual to come there.
“I’m proud of the way we are driving the regeneration and we would really like to round it off [with the hall].
“It’s the last piece in the jigsaw if we can get that refurbished, it’ll be a complete job.”
The Grade II-listed venue was originally built in 1951 to house the Plaza cinema, but was used as a bingo hall for more than 30 years.
Cllr Aldridge said its listed status may cause some problems for potential bidders.
He said: “A challenge for any potential opportunity in there is the fact it is a listed building.
“The front of it is listed building and part of the inside is also listed so any potential persons coming there would have to take care of that. Some of the seating in there is part of the listing criteria, so that just slightly complicates any potential bidders.”
Rumours have been circulating on the social networking website Facebook about what the building could be converted into, with some hoping it would be converted back to a cinema.
But Cllr Aldridge said it was unlikely this would happen, due to a lack of footfall.
He added: “It does sit at a very important point.
“We maintain a high interest and have one or two people interested and we have put them in the direction of the Welsh Government to look into grant funding.
“If anybody is interested, please step forward – we know the building has huge potential.”
Estate agents Gareth Williams Commercial Property Consultants said the building could be used in its current form, converted for alternative leisure use or redeveloped.
Gareth Williams confirmed the building was still on the market, and said there had been some interest in the property.
The property, believed to be owned by Rhyl-based Parker’s Leisure Holdings, has been on the market for £250,000 since early in 2011.
The sales brochure describes the venue as “a traditional ex-cinema building latterly utilised as a bingo social club with a full inventory of trade fixtures and equipment available if required”.
Internal accommodation includes a 4,300sq ft lounge, bar, stage, cafeteria and balcony area.