A CLUB where hundreds of fans watched Olympic champion Jade Jones win gold could be ripped down.
An application has been lodged to demolish Flint Sports and Social Club on Earl Street, a venue that just over a year ago saw scenes of wild jubilation when Jade won Taekwondo gold at the London games.
The plan, lodged by Mr and Mrs Les Hughes, proposes eight homes to be built in its place.
The application has been submitted to Flintshire Council and a consultation letter has been sent out to people living close to the club.
David Hughes, who is currently leasing and running the club, said he was “gutted” about the developments.
“We do need this place in Flint.
“This is a place people have been coming for 30 years and it’s an important place in the community.
“ITV came down recently to see what effect [Jade’s] Olympic success had, and when we were watching it the place looked great.”
He said he was leasing the property without paying rent, on the agreement that he made repairs to the club and paid bills.
He made a number of changes to the property, and said groups including a line dancing club and snooker club had started meeting in the property again, and numbers were improving.
“It all feels a bit like it was for nothing now,” he said. “But I’m going to try to prove to him (Mr Hughes) that I can make this a viable business.”
A number of residents reacted with dismay on social media when they heard about the plans.
Speaking to the Leader, resident Andy O’Neil said: “It’s been run down for a while.
“But I’m very disappointed because it could turn out to be a good pub.
“It had a bit of a reputation but it was being turned around.
“Once the maisonettes are knocked down and we get more houses there would be more customers as well.”
But Flint Coleshill councillor David Cox has declared his support for the proposal.
He said: “The club hasn’t been well attended for some time.
“If you look at the houses and apartments that would be built I think that would be a lot better for the community than paying a considerable amount of money to do it up.
“It’s been run down over the years so as far as I’m concerned I would say that development would be better for the people of Flint.”
And Flint Coleshill councillor Alex Aldridge said: “It has created its own problems in the area with some occupants that have been moving in and out.
“In planning terms, I don’t have any objection.”
Applicant Mr Hughes was unavailable for comment.