Famous Full Monty working men's club in Sheffield neighbourhood saved from demolition - for now

Sheffield’s famous Full Monty working men’s club has been saved from demolition - but it is only a stay of execution unless the community can rally round.

Wednesday, 19th February 2020, 2:41 pm
Updated Wednesday, 19th February 2020, 2:41 pm

Council officers have refused an application to bulldoze Shiregreen Working Men’s club, which played a starring role in the famous film.

More than 900 people had signed a petition to save the club, which closed in 2018.

Local councillor Peter Price has warned the community has a month to come up with a long term plan.

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The closing scene from The Full Monty was shot at what was then Shiregreen Working Men's Club

Coun Price, who has campaigned strongly to preserve the club, said: “This is a stay of execution but I’m just pleased it gives the community time to find a solution.

“There are no real grounds for this refusal in the long term so I would love for some members of the community to help take it on.

“Ideally I would like to see the concert room at the back run by volunteers. I don’t want to see it demolished and replaced with apartments because there are no alternative venues in the area where the community can get together. It’s very important to have a venue where people can come together for a drink.

“I’m hoping to speak to the tenants and residents group on the Flower estate to see if it can get involved.

Shiregreen Working Mens Club. Photo: Chris Etchells

“The problem is we are a deprived area and a lot of things are already being run by volunteers so they don’t have time to take on anything else.”

Planning officer Howard Baxter said the demolition was refused because it was a sensitive site surrounded by houses.

He added: “The storage of demolition material on the site is likely to have a harmful amenity impact.

"Further information was requested in January as to the details of the material to be stockpiled on site and the means of securing the site. This has not been provided and consequently the application has been refused.”

Shiregreen Club, which was formerly known as Shiregreen Working Men's Club

Site owner Peter Eyre previously said he would be happy to work with local councillors and residents to see if they could make it work as a community asset.

Coun Peter Price with former club steward Ann Bentley and former secretary Dave Howard