Talks start over future of Scunthorpe club which is wanted for £20m housing scheme

By Scunthorpe Telegraph | Posted: 2 Jul 2018

Talks have started between North Lincolnshire Council and the Samuel Smiths Brewery in Tadcaster over the future of a Scunthorpe club.

Cole Street Club, which celebrates its centenary in 2019, is wanted to help build a 200-apartment complex alongside the multi-storey car park on Lindum Street.

The £20 million housing development forms part of the council’s £60 million plan to regenerate Scunthorpe town centre.

At one stage it was proposed that the brewery be offered a new-built club on the Lindum Street site.

Bosses at Samuel Smiths have so far declined to comment.

Cole Street Club in Scunthorpe town centre

But if the talks stall, the club could become the subject of a compulsory purchase order.

A spokesman for North Lincolnshire Council confirmed: "We are currently in discussions with the owners of the Cole Street Club over its future."

The club was originally opened in 1919 by volunteers to welcome troops home to Scunthorpe after the First World War.

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In 1963, the committee moved into newly built premises on the same site.

At one time the club boasted more than 1,000 members, but in 1998 the business was forced to closed down because of rising rents.

Later that same year, Samuel Smiths Brewery reopened the club as a proprietary business.

The brewery also trades from the Pig and Whistle and Highfield House pubs in the town centre.

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