Labour Club sells site for development

Annie Birchall, club secretary of the Didcot and District Labour Club, said about 100 members agreed to sell the club in March but would not reveal the sale price

Annie Birchall, club secretary of the Didcot and District Labour Club, said about 100 members agreed to sell the club in March but would not reveal the sale price

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DIDCOT’S Labour Club has been sold to make way for major redevelopment opposite the railway station.

The club in Station Road dates back to the 1940s and opened following the closure of a Co-op depot.

But it will call last orders this summer after the freehold to the building was sold to the Government’s Homes and Communities Agency, which is supporting SODC’s plan to improve the area opposite Didcot Parkway.

The district council has been consulting the public on how the “Didcot Island” site opposite the station should be revamped, and one proposal is for a new hotel.

This is linked with the ongoing £6.7m refurbishment of the forecourt of Didcot Parkway, and phase two of the Orchard shopping centre, which is expected to open by the end of 2014.

The consultation follows Milton Park and Harwell Oxford being chosen as one of 10 new Enterprise Zones, which could create 8,400 jobs by 2015.

Club secretary Annie Birchall said about 100 members agreed to sell the club last month but would not reveal the sale price. She said: “It will be a sad day to see the club go because it has been part of so many lives – I had my wedding reception here. But it has been hard to get people through the door in the recession when supermarkets are selling cheap alcohol.

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“The club has been sold but the building is being leased back to us until at least the end of June, so we will stay open three nights a week until then and then make a decision about whether we should stay open over the summer.”

Ms Birchall confirmed that members would get a share of the proceeds from the sale of the club. She added: “Some of the members have been coming here for 50 years.”

The Labour leader of Didcot Town Council Margaret Davies said: “The club has been sold to the HCA and will stay open until a decision is taken to demolish the building.

“In due course, members will probably go to the railway staff club across the road. This is the end of an era – my father used to come home from the Labour Club and his dinner was put in front of him, but times have changed.

“The Labour Club is closing but the Labour Party is still strong in Didcot.”

SODC’s Didcot development manager Toby Warren said: “This purchase follows a study commissioned by the council and the HCA into how local growth could be successful.

“This study, which is ongoing, builds on earlier proposals that identified an aspiration locally to improve the site opposite the station, where the club is currently based.

“We share these ambitions, and aim to encourage a comprehensive redevelopment of the site so that a gateway to Didcot and Science Vale UK is created. Partners will be working together to agree a master plan for a redevelopment.”

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5:25pm Wed 25 Apr 12

L0RD PETER MCVEY 0X2 6EG says...

That is a shame, I remember the old Labour club in Windmill Rd with fondness, but that went the same way. At least the members will get a few drinking tokens out of it.
That is a shame, I remember the old Labour club in Windmill Rd with fondness, but that went the same way. At least the members will get a few drinking tokens out of it. L0RD PETER MCVEY 0X2 6EG
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7:41pm Wed 25 Apr 12

YellowMilton says...

Shame? Good riddance to the place. Its an eye sore with its disgusting dirty pink painted exterior and tired looking building.
Shame? Good riddance to the place. Its an eye sore with its disgusting dirty pink painted exterior and tired looking building. YellowMilton
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7:47pm Wed 25 Apr 12

L0RD PETER MCVEY 0X2 6EG says...

YellowMilton wrote:
Shame? Good riddance to the place. Its an eye sore with its disgusting dirty pink painted exterior and tired looking building.
Although it was enjoyed by many families it excluded Right wing Tory Thugs like you, and you are jealous. Ah well at least you have The Broadway, that is if you haven't trashed that yet.
[quote][p][bold]YellowMilton[/bold] wrote: Shame? Good riddance to the place. Its an eye sore with its disgusting dirty pink painted exterior and tired looking building.[/p][/quote]Although it was enjoyed by many families it excluded Right wing Tory Thugs like you, and you are jealous. Ah well at least you have The Broadway, that is if you haven't trashed that yet. L0RD PETER MCVEY 0X2 6EG
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9:27am Thu 26 Apr 12

YellowMilton says...

L0RD PETER MCVEY 0X2 6EG wrote:
YellowMilton wrote:
Shame? Good riddance to the place. Its an eye sore with its disgusting dirty pink painted exterior and tired looking building.
Although it was enjoyed by many families it excluded Right wing Tory Thugs like you, and you are jealous. Ah well at least you have The Broadway, that is if you haven't trashed that yet.
Ah assumptions Lady Peter will get you no where. Can't say im right wing or visit Didcot's premier night spot Broadways.

Keep popping those pills.
[quote][p][bold]L0RD PETER MCVEY 0X2 6EG[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]YellowMilton[/bold] wrote: Shame? Good riddance to the place. Its an eye sore with its disgusting dirty pink painted exterior and tired looking building.[/p][/quote]Although it was enjoyed by many families it excluded Right wing Tory Thugs like you, and you are jealous. Ah well at least you have The Broadway, that is if you haven't trashed that yet.[/p][/quote]Ah assumptions Lady Peter will get you no where. Can't say im right wing or visit Didcot's premier night spot Broadways. Keep popping those pills. YellowMilton
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6:52pm Thu 26 Apr 12

HPG says...

How about making this area opposite station a sort of leisure area, hotel,bowling ally, bars, club, restraunts etc, in cunjuction with railway station, taxi ranks, bus stops. Visiters straight off trains here rather than walking miles and scatterd around town, and leave the town centre phase 2 for shops
How about making this area opposite station a sort of leisure area, hotel,bowling ally, bars, club, restraunts etc, in cunjuction with railway station, taxi ranks, bus stops. Visiters straight off trains here rather than walking miles and scatterd around town, and leave the town centre phase 2 for shops HPG
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10:27pm Fri 27 Apr 12

mrlocal1 says...

HCA -= Homes ,Community Agency, That means more social flats , like the 14 SOHA flats going to be built next to their offices.. Didcot will never get a Hotel, and now Cranbourne homes are going to build soon this yr 72 homes (39 social) opposite Didcot train station at Old Grt Western car park...I think some councillers are getting back handers somewhere...Lots of social housing, NO Hotel, NO Shops, No bowling/club.. Just lots of traffic lights for next 2 years!!!
HCA -= Homes ,Community Agency, That means more social flats , like the 14 SOHA flats going to be built next to their offices.. Didcot will never get a Hotel, and now Cranbourne homes are going to build soon this yr 72 homes (39 social) opposite Didcot train station at Old Grt Western car park...I think some councillers are getting back handers somewhere...Lots of social housing, NO Hotel, NO Shops, No bowling/club.. Just lots of traffic lights for next 2 years!!! mrlocal1
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