Shotton social club 'another pub going to the wall'


Owen Evans

PLANS to demolish a social club have been greeted with sadness.

An application has been lodged to demolish Grosvenor Social Club on Jubilee Street, Shotton, and to build 10 homes in its place.

Community leaders said it would be “a shame” if the club was to be flattened, but added that unless customers were going through the door, the closure of clubs and pubs was inevitable.

Applicant Les Hughes, who owns the club said he never liked to close facilities like the social club, and even if permission was granted, he would try to keep the club open as long as possible.

Mr Hughes, owner of L H Taverns, said: “When I bought it I had the intention to run it as a club and we have given it our best shot.

“We guaranteed them that they would get a couple of years and we have given them that much and we will continue to try and keep it open as long as we can.

“If we get permission on it, it doesn’t say that we’re going to build on it there and then.”

Mr Hughes said keeping clubs and pubs open was a problem throughout the country, with residents changing their social habits.

He said: “People used to come out for a pint but now they go to the supermarket instead.

“I will keep it going as long as I can – I never like to close a club.”

Shotton councillor David Evans said there was a need for houses, but the loss of the social club “would be a loss to the area”.

He said: “It would be one more pub that’s going to the wall.

“I feel it is a great shame to lose a club in the area but it’s one of those facts of life unfortunately.

“Obviously, these things don’t pay for themselves and if people aren’t using them they are going to go.”

The club is split into two sections, with a bar area used by locals and a function room used for events such as birthday parties and charity fundraisers.

Shotton councillor Ron Davies said: “It is always sad to lose these facilities.

“Quite a lot of people use the club but obviously with the way it is with a lot of pubs, they are having to close their doors.”

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