Old Le­gion club up for auc­tion with £75k price

Cynon Valley - - YOUR NEWS - TOM HOUGHTON tom.houghton@waleson­line.co.uk

A HUGE so­cial club in the Val­leys is up for sale and could be snapped up for as lit­tle as £75,000.

The Old Bri­tish Le­gion Club in Cwm­bach, Aber­dare, is cur­rently be­ing used as a pri­vate so­cial club, and is go­ing up for auc­tion in Cardiff this month.

The large site in Rhondda Cynon Taf, which – in­clud­ing the car park – is al­most 10,000 sq ft, could be turned into a su­per­mar­ket, res­tau­rant or homes, sub­ject to the buyer get­ting plan­ning per­mis­sion.

Coun­cil­lor Jef­frey El­liott, Labour coun­cil­lor for Cwm­bach, hopes the build­ing can be re­opened as a club for the en­tire com­mu­nity’s use, and does not want to see it turned into flats.

He said: “We don’t want to lose an­other com­mu­nity as­set so I hope who­ever takes it over looks to main­tain it.

“I would like to see it main­tained as a so­cial club for peo­ple in the vil­lage.

“It’s a well-known build­ing in Cwm­bach and it’s al­ways been known as the le­gion.

“It’s got a lot of mem­o­ries for peo­ple liv­ing here, as well as links to the two world wars, and hope­fully those mem­o­ries can be main­tained.

“If they want to change use then they would have to go to plan­ning. But if it is changed into some­thing else, once it’s gone, it’s gone and it sim­ply won’t be the same as it was.”

Cynon Val­ley AM Vikki How­ells said: “Grow­ing up in Cwm­bach, the Le­gion was al­ways at the heart of the com­mu­nity.

“It hosted a va­ri­ety of im­por­tant lo­cal events and when I worked on sum­mer playschemes while I was in uni­ver­sity, it was the per­fect venue to en­gage with chil­dren and young peo­ple from the area.

“While the build­ing would make a fan­tas­tic as­set for devel­op­ment, I re­ally hope some­one takes this on and re­tains it for use by the lo­cal com­mu­nity”.

The build­ing is cur­rently be­ing used as a pri­vate club, and the Royal Bri­tish Le­gion is no longer in­volved with the build­ing.

Paul Fosh, of the New­port-based auc­tion com­pany, said: “The Old Bri­tish Le­gion Club is a sub­stan­tial build­ing and is cur­rently trad­ing as a so­cial club but may of­fer al­ter­na­tive uses such as the devel­op­ment of a su­per­mar­ket, res­tau­rant or gym­na­sium, sub­ject to plan­ning.

“The whole site could also be re­de­vel­oped ei­ther for com­mer­cial or res­i­den­tial use. The prop­erty has two floors of ac­com­mo­da­tion with a spa­cious car park­ing area to the front.

“The prop­erty will be sold with va­cant pos­ses­sion but there may be the op­tion for the pur­chaser to re­tain the cur­rent ten­ant for a fur­ther pe­riod sub­ject to ne­go­ti­a­tion.”

The auc­tion­eers said there is also a lounge bar and snooker room on the ground floor, with an en­ter­tain­ment hall and stage on the first floor.

The total in­ter­nal area is 3,234 sq ft with an over­all site mea­sur­ing 9,832 sq ft, al­most a quar­ter of an acre. It is go­ing up for auc­tion with a guide price of £75,000+. It will go on sale on Oc­to­ber 19 at the Park Inn Ho­tel in Llanedeyrn, Cardiff.

The Old Bri­tish Le­gion in Cwm­bach, Aber­dare, is go­ing up for auc­tion with a guide price of £75,000

The build­ing holds a lot of mem­o­ries for lo­cal peo­ple

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