Petition launched to save sport in Staithes

A petition to try and save sport in Staithes has been launched after objections to plans to develop their clubhouse.

Thursday, 15th April 2021, 10:07 am
Updated Thursday, 15th April 2021, 10:10 am
Staithes Athletic Club

The social club and sports fields in the village of Staithes are due to go under the hammer in a property auction held by Pugh later this month. The 3.5 acre site has been given a guide price of £85,000.

Located on Seaton Crescent and surrounded by residential properties, auctioneers say the site may be suitable for development, subject to planning consent being granted.

The large social club building includes over 9,000 sq ft of floorspace made up of two lounges, bars, a large function room with stages, as well as a commercial kitchen and toilets.

Home of Staithes Athletic FC and Staithes Cricket Club, the sporting facilities received funding from the Premier League and charitable organisations in 2017 for a £38,000 upgrade to build separate home and away changing facilities and changing rooms for match officials. The building also includes a bar, pump room and storage facilities.

Paul Thompson, managing director of auction house Pugh, said: “This has been a great site for local grassroots sport and social events for many years, and it would be tremendous to see it retain its identity as a community asset under new ownership."

Pugh’s next auction, featuring the Staithes social club and sports fields, as well as land and properties across the UK, will be held online on 28 April. Registration for the auction closes at 12pm on 26 April and bidding opens on 27 April.

The petition states: “A local company who came in to save the club at the final hour when the doors were about to be shut has stated from day one the ambition to provide us with a fantastic modern new club house.

“They have put together plans to do this and knock down the old club building houses on the land to fund the development.

“We are fortunate to have someone with the experience to come in and develop our site in order to give Staithes Sports (both cricket and football) a long standing continuation for future generations.

“The catchment area for the teams goes far and wide and it is essential the modernisation of the facilities happens in order for it to continue to provide both children and adults a future in local sport.

“There has been recent objection to the plans which could end up with the club being closed down and that would mean the end of sports in Staithes and the full site being sold to a property developer.”

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