MEMBERS of Doxey’s Universal Club could be out of a home next month when the land it stands on comes into new ownership.
The current owner of the site, Redrow Homes, says the controversial deal to sell the land they have owned since 2009 will complete at the end of the month. Redrow says the club has no tenancy agreement.
The Newsletter can reveal it is being bought by a company called Dox Devel- opments and the club has been told to be out by 4pm on Monday, November 25.
Doxey Parish Council chairman David Adams said the club’s solicitors had replied to the deadline and believed the club had a right to stay although Redrow says they don’t have a tenancy agree- ment.
“The club hasn’t been bought yet,” Councillor Adams told a meeting of Doxey Parish Council.
“Redrow has entered into an agreement with a company called Dox Develop- ments. But the sale hasn’t been completed.
“Their solicitors have written to the club to say that we have to be out by November 25 at 4 o’clock, but the club still believes they have a tenancy agree- ment in place.”
Councillor Pamela Davenport said: “If they are going to sell it to develop it, why don’t Redrow just develop it themselves?”
Councillor Adams said: “It does seem that the two developers behind the deal specialise in trying to develop land where there’s a problem, where they need to get planning permission.”
Councillor Adams said he hoped by the next parish council meeting in November they would have received a reply from Dox Developers in response to the letter from club’s solicitors.
“We will tell them, sorry, the club still considers there is a tenancy agreement in place. Now what have you got to say about that?”
A spokesman for Redrow confirmed the sale of the club was due to legally complete at the end of October.
“There is no tenancy agreement in place with the club but prior to agreeing the sale we made several attempts to help the club either relocate or take ownership of the premises themselves,” he said.
“In August 2012 we met with representatives of the club, parish council, town council and the local MP and offered our support to the club in finding alternative premises and even offered to contribute towards the move.”
He said following that a deal was struck to allow the club to purchase the premises, but the contract was rescinded after the club missed several deadlines to demonstrate it had sufficient funds to proceed with the purchase.