A former nightclub which was forced to close almost five years ago following a spate of violence has been put back on the market by Huntingdonshire District Council.
Level 2, in All Saints Passage, Huntingdon, has sat empty since April 2012 after
Peterborough magistrates ordered its closure in the wake of a mass brawl, involving 30 people, which Cambridgeshire police called “the final straw”.
After calls from business leaders for the building to be brought back into use, the district council, which owns the building, last week put the property back on the market, and the premises is already garnering interest from a number of potential investors.
A district council spokesman told The Hunts Post: “We have recently formally re-instructed [commercial property specialists] Barker Storey Matthews to market the premises again.
“Some leads are already being followed up and adverts will be appearing.
“We are considering a number of uses for the building, including testing market interest.”
The nightclub was due to re-open in 2014 after Steve Woodham, owner of Steve’s Taxi’s and Steve’s Car Sales, was given a premises license but the club’s doors remained closed.
Since it was shut down in 2012, it is estimated that the district council has missed out on thousands of pounds in possible rent on the property.
With its return to the market, however, many hope the former club will be redeveloped into a business that will have broader appeal in the town.
Currently the building has planning permission to be turned into a cinema or gym, which has been supported by mayor of Huntingdon, Councillor Daryl Brown.
“What was there, for me, I don’t think that’s an attractive proposition,” said Cllr Brown.
“I don’t think there is great potential for a place that is offering cheap drinks and with huge crowds.
“If it is going to be a club it has to be the right offering there with the right security, offering the right price drinks.
“We [Huntingdon] are not promoting ourselves enough. I think if we could make the
Commemoration Hall into an arts house then this could create a knock-on effect though the town.
“I am not sure we are offering what we should be,” Cllr Brown added.