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Couple hope to ‘save’ Shotton Lane Social Club

A PUBLICAN is preparing to pour her life savings into a new venture.

Sandycroft couple Christine and Allan Jones are bidding to buy the Shotton Lane Social Club and restore it to its former glory.

And Christine, 64, has accused town councillor Elwyn Jones of ‘scaremongering’ after he linked the venue to anti-social behaviour.

Last week Cllr Jones urged residents to contact Flintshire County Council if they have concerns over proposals for a late licence at the dilapidated club.

But Christine said: “It’s always had a late licence, it’s just not been used.

“We’re in the process of buying the club and I was advised to apply for the same opening hours, but for the most part the hours of the club will remain the same.”

Christine, who grew up in Shotton Lane, said the club is heavily in debt. She wants to run the venue as a pub under the same name.

She told the Chronicle she believes other parties interested in buying the building may want to demolish it to make way for houses.

“We’re putting our life savings to try and save it,” said Christine. “It’s always been there and always been part of Shotton Lane.

“My dad used to be on the committee, he went there, and I don’t want to see it close. It’s our intention to use the club with the community in mind.”

But she added: “We won’t be running it as a club with a committee, that’s what’s brought its downfall. It’ll be run as pub with a large function room.

“We’re almost there, except we need to get a licence. We’re hoping it will be resolved by the end of March.”

Christine and Allan ran The Phoenix in Sandycroft from 1986-96, and have been trying to agree a deal for Shotton Lane Social Club since August.

Read Christine’s letter in full on Views, pages 50-51.

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