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Buyer in sight for treatment centre

PUBLISHED: 09:33 28 October 2008 | UPDATED: 09:12 13 July 2010

A potential buyer has been found for a trouble-hit drug and alcohol clinic in north Norfolk.

The Diana Princess of Wales Treatment centre in the former Mundesley hospital called in administrators during the summer because of funding problems.

A potential buyer has been found for a trouble-hit drug and alcohol clinic in north Norfolk.

The Diana Princess of Wales Treatment centre in the former Mundesley hospital called in administrators during the summer because of funding problems.

Now agents Christie and Co say an offer on the clinic has been accepted, but it could take one or two weeks to resolve some conditions being sought by the would-be buyers, who were existing providers in the medical sphere.

The £2m centre was hailed as Europe's largest drug and alcohol clinic when it set up in the former tuberculosis hospital in 1997.

The charity behind the venture, Adapt, hoped the princess whose name it took would open it, having launched the sister Barley Wood unit near Bristol 10 years earlier. But after her tragic death just days before the first clients arrived it was announced it would be named in her memory after approval from the Queen and Spencer family.

Adapt bosses flagged up funding problems in recent years, and blamed tightening council purse strings for its demise.

They called in administrators in July, shutting Barley Wood with the loss of nearly 50 jobs, but kept open the Norfolk clinic in the hope of finding a buyer.

The centre, which also employees about 50 people, is registered for 71 clients, and its set in grounds next to Mundesley golf course which include 19 acres of garden, a sports hall and gym.


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