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MP describes club closure as ‘a sad day for the town’

Monday 24th January 2011 (Andrew Griffiths)

Burton’s MP has described the closure of a popular sports and social club as a ‘huge loss to the town’.

Andrew Griffiths spoke out after the Mail revealed that Belvedere Park Club in Belvedere Road, Horninglow, closed its doors for the final time last week after months of conflicting reports about its future.

He said: “It was a very sad day when I heard the news that Belvedere Park Club had closed.

“It is not an exaggeration to say that this closure is a huge loss to the town and the way that it has happened is a sad end to a well-liked community and sports facility.

“The sad news is coupled with the fact that places like this could have been saved if the localism bill was in force.

“It is very frustrating that it will come too late to save Belvedere Park Club.

“For such a long time it has had such an important role in our community and I can only hope that the effects are not too damaging.

“It seems to me that the company behind the club and the developers looking at the land are putting profit before the needs of the local community.

“I have tried to speak to the people in charge of the facility and I have yet to have a reply.

“They have treated not only me but every person who uses Belvedere Park Club with contempt, in my opinion.

“It frustrates me that their attitude has prevented talks about the future of the club before it was too late.”

Owners Westbourne Leisure closed Belvedere Park Club on Monday — two days earlier than originally planned.

The club, which was built in the 1930s, was one of Burton’s last remaining sports and social clubs and still has thousands of active members.

A spokesman from Birmingham-based Westbourne Leisure continued to refuse to comment on the future of the site and said: “It’s closed — full stop.”

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