Hopes for Mexborough club scheme dashed

The Northgate Club in Mexborough.
The Northgate Club in Mexborough.

Hopes for new development at the site of a derelict club have been dashed after the venue failed to sell at auction.

Northgate Club in Mexborough has fallen into a state of disrepair since last orders were called in February 2010.

Residents were hoping the 80-year-old venue would be sold at an auction in Leeds a few weeks ago but a buyer could not be found.

The auctioneer, Pugh Property Vendors and Auctioneers, has just put the venue up for sale at £120, 000 on its website.

Retired policeman Frank Knapton MBE, 77, of Morton Road, Mexborough, said: “I remember going in there many times and in its hey dey it was a very popular club, and very well supported with a large membership.

“It is sad that the club, like many others, went into decline. But since it has closed it has become an eyesore.

“It’s boarded up and it could do with redevelopment.”

He added: “There has been a lot of work done to do up the properties around Northgate and Crossgate, and to have this in the middle of it is disappointing.

You also get the danger of attracting vandals.

“I know it was given planning permission for flats. I just hope someone does show interest in it.”

Mexborough councillor Sue Phillips added: “There are a lot of people who would like to see it taken on and redeveloped.”

The venue was sold to an undisclosed buyer for £90, 000 four years ago and Doncaster Council granted planning permission for four retail units, along with eight residential flats. However, no building work was ever started.

Auctioneer Paul Thompson said: “We have also had interest from parties seeking to change the planning consent and from investors simply seeking to landbank the site.”

Interested parties can see more at www.pugh-auctions.com