A LANDMARK Deeside pub is due to go under the hammer this month.

The Halfway House pub on Church Street, Connah’s Quay, will feature among over 100 lots in a property auction held at Manchester’s AJ Bell Stadium on February 25.

The building and grounds is being marketed as an excellent opportunity for "creative redevelopment".

The Connah's Quay site, which includes the four bedroom property, beer garden, 35 car parking spaces, children's play area and outbuildings, covers just over half an acre and is being auctioned at a guide price of £185,000.

The former pub, which closed in 2018, will be sold with its premises licence included.

However, the listing says the property may be suitable for change of use or development subject to the necessary consents.

It is described as an extensive vacant former public house with basements, a four bedroom managers apartment, beer garden and car park.

Paul Thompson, managing director of property auction house Pugh, said: “The pub industry has certainly come under pressure from changing leisure habits in recent years. However, these former pub properties offer excellent opportunities for creative redevelopment projects.

“The Halfway House is a large venue, with plenty of indoor and outdoor space ideal for residential or commercial projects, subject to the necessary planning consent.

"Being situated near a busy route into Wales and having the premises license included makes this a particularly attractive investment.”

The number of pubs in Flintshire is dwindling, with just 100 in the county in 2018 compared to 170 in 2007.

A campaign has been started to see the Halfway House reopen as a pub.

Cllr Andy Dunbobbin, who started the petition, previously told the Leader: “The pub was always seen as a place where the community would gather together. A place where you could talk to friends who would listen and help. Let’s stick together so we can build our community spirit - not diminish it.”

The online petition, at https://bit.ly/2Ulpg7I, has more than 400 signatures.

Many people signing the petition said the pub being part of Connah's Quay and their own lives were important reasons for them.

Jill Munnery said: "I grew up in Connahs Quay, the Halfway House was a very important part of the community, had my first drink there and sisters wedding reception. Brilliant place."