Derelict Barrow nightclub could become part of rugby ground
Last updated at 15:38, Thursday, 08 May 2014
A FORMER disaster-plagued Barrow nightclub could be knocked down and potentially redeveloped as an asset to the club.
Former Barrow Raiders chairman Stephen Johnson has applied to Barrow Borough Council to demolish the first floor of the derelict Geronimos nightclub in Calcutta Street, which adjoins the Barrow rugby ground.
That part of the building, previously known as Josephine’s, verges onto the inside of Barrow Raiders’ Craven Park ground. The club is in talks with Mr Johnson with a long-term view to redevelop the site for the use of the club.
The building has an unfortunate history, having been victim of numerous fires and break-ins. Most notably, there was a huge fire at the venue in February 1992 when 40 firefighters tackled a blaze, which was believed to be arson but never solved.
Mr Johnson, who was unavailable when contacted by the Evening Mail, first gained a seat on the club board in June 1989, but resigned in April 1995 after shareholders rejected his plan to sell the ground.
Club chairman David Sharpe said he shares a good relationship with Mr Johnson and the demolition application has been lodged after the building sustained damage over the winter. Mr Sharpe said removing the building would not affect the security of the ground.
He said: “Hopefully, once the permission comes through, we’ll work closely with Steve on how to make sure things are secure at the ground, but it’s quite a drop on that side so it’s not going to be open.
“The fires left the building pretty much derelict and ultimately it would be nice if the club could get it back in their possession and I’m talking with Steve about that.
“Of course, the club has got a lot of other things to deal with at the moment and once we’re through this next 12 months and we know where we are in the Championship and if the financial side of things comes round nicely, then we’ll work with Steve to come to a satisfactory conclusion for all parties.
“I’d like to think one day we could get it back with the rugby because many years ago it was the supporters’ club.”
First published at 15:56, Wednesday, 07 May 2014
Published by http://www.nwemail.co.uk
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