Uncertainty still surrounds future of popular Melton hall

Penman Spicer Community Hall could still be redeveloped
Penman Spicer Community Hall could still be redeveloped
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A question mark still hangs over the future of a long-standing Melton community centre.

Penman Spicer Community Hall on Park Lane went to auction on Thursday at Nottingham Racecourse with a guide price of £90,000 but no buyer is believed to have been found.

Paul Giles, associate director of commercial auctions at Savills in Nottingham, which marketed the property, told the Melton Times on Friday that the property hadn’t met the reserve at auction and that they were still trying to broker a deal.

This followed comments posted on the Penman Spicer Community Centre Facebook page, on Wednesday, December 3, which said ‘a consortium has approached us with a view to buying the hall. If they make a serious offer on the morning we have the option to withdraw from the auction and the hall will remain as a community centre.’

The property is still being marketed via the Savills auction website which lists it as ‘an opportunity to acquire a former community hall building in this attractive market town. Potential redevelopment opportunity (subject to planning).’

The Melton Times asked Savills this week for an update on whether any deal to sell the property had been reached.

Mr Giles said: “The matter is confidential and not a press matter.

“While I appreciate there is concern from the community about the hall it is unfair for me to sabotage relationships with clients.”

He added that if people were worried he would have encouraged them to attend the auction or to buy the property.

The owner of the hall, prior to Thursday’s auction, has still declined to comment as to why it’s being sold.

l Has your group been a regular user of the Penman Spicer Hall?

You can tell us about your concerns by calling Melton Times reporter John Mason on (01664) 412 522 or emailing john.mason@jpress.co.uk