04:32AM, Tuesday 26 March 2013
Delays in the building of a planned £16million care home could offer hope to a threatened squash club.
The club was originally expected to close at the end of April to allow work to start on the site.
But this week Robin Hughes, head of development at Shelbourne offered a ray of hope to the club when he admitted that work on starting the care home had been delayed.
He said: "In the current climate it is taking longer to arrange finance than we would like.
"We are prepared to allow the squash club to continue on the site until we are ready to start the scheme. There is no point in the site just remaining vacant."
He said it was hoped work would start in the autumn.
Nick Pellew has been a member of the squash club for 25 years. He hopes the delay will now give it time to find new premises.
He said: "It is a case of keeping the club together so that if we can find a new site, there is a body of members left that can transfer to it."
He hopes the club will be able to continue as a 'not for profit' entity but admitted the chances of finding a site were not great, saying: "I don't think it is hugely likely."
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