Doncaster community club to be knocked down after more than 80 years

Andy Pickering, newly elected councillor. Picture: Marie Caley
Andy Pickering, newly elected councillor. Picture: Marie Caley
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A Doncaster community bar looks set to be lost forever under plans to bulldoze it after more than 80 years.

The North Gate Club in Mexborough could soon be demolished – and replaced with a new-build housing development.

Northgate WMC, Mexborough, is due to be demolished to make way for a proposed residential development. Picture: Marie Caley NDFP Northgate MC 2

Northgate WMC, Mexborough, is due to be demolished to make way for a proposed residential development. Picture: Marie Caley NDFP Northgate MC 2

The Star is highlighting the loss of another former community venue as part of our Save Our Pubs campaign, which calls on the Government to take action to help keep community pubs alive.

The plans, which have been sent in by Nottingham-based agents NJW Design, would see the development of eight three-bedroom terraced houses following the demolition of the club, at North Gate.

No comment was available from the agent yesterday.

But the loss of another community building and club has caused concern among pubs pressure group the Campaign for Real Ale, and Mexborough councillor Andy Pickering.

Doncaster CAMRA community pubs officer Peter Kennedy said: “Working Men’s Clubs have a big role in the community, just like pubs, and this is part of the same sort of trend for pubs being shut down. It is a shame to see it go and I’m sure a lot of people in the community will be sad to see it lost. We want to see the tax on beer put at the same level as supermarkets so that places like this can compete.”

Coun Pickering agreed, and pledged his support for The Star’s campaign.

He said: “It is very sad and I know the members of the club’s committee tried very hard to keep North Gate afloat.”

“It was a well loved and well used venue in its heyday. We need to have a level playing field for pubs and clubs and supermarkets in terms of tax.

“I support the Star’s Save Our Pubs campaign.”

He said North Gate may have suffered from its location, which was on an estate rather than in the town centre.

Last orders were called at the once popular working men’s club for the final time in February 2010 after more than 80 years.

The site has been boarded up for more than four years.

The Star launched its Save Our Pubs campaign in February because of concerns over the number of pubs that have closed in Doncaster in recent years.

We want the Government to bring in measures to stop the loss of community pubs across the borough

We are calling for ministers to bring in measures to allow more freedom for pub managers to buy their own beers, and for fair rents for their pubs.

Plans for rent tribunals between pub companies and their tenants have already been announced in the Queen’s Speech this year, after The Star and CAMRA launched a petition on the issue.

Big community pubs including The Drum in Bentley, The Moon at Carcroft, The Roman Ridge at Scawsby, and The Park Hotel at Belle Vue are among those lost recently.

Plans have also been drawn up to demolish The Station Hotel in Bawtry.