22nd Oct, 2017

Plan for Canley Sports and Social club to be replaced by housing

Coventry Editorial 12th Jun, 2014 Updated: 28th Oct, 2016

CANLEY Social Club could be sold off for new housing.2 Canley Sports Club*

It burnt down in September and the city council has now said it could take over the lease before selling it off, possibly for housing.

Councillors were set to meet today (Thursday) to discuss the issue along with the ongoing regeneration of the area.

A council report said: “One option is that buildings will be cleared from the site and the lease surrendered to the council and should this be the case, it is proposed the council disposes of the freehold, possibly for residential development by tender or auction, to fit in with the other disposals referred to in Canley.”

The Observer reported back in September how the club held strong memories for many locals after being built after the Second World War.

It was given a £500,000 grant in the 1990s but continued a downward trend before closing its doors in July 2013.

There had been rumours of a sale breaking down before the blaze and the owner has gone into administration.

A council spokesman added: “Canley Sports and Social Club is held under a long lease which requires the lessee to keep the building in good repair and condition.

“As the lessee has gone into administration and the buildings are badly damaged by fire, the council is waiting to hear whether the administrator is going to repair the building or propose some other settlement.

“This report is intended to make effective use of officers’ and members’ time and significantly reduce timescales, should the administrator wish to surrender the lease back to the council.

“There is nothing more for the council to do at this point in time.”

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