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Friday 10th January 2014 @ 12:08 by Lisa B

Glossop Conservative Club



Easton house

Easton House

Two of Glossop’s best known landmark buildings could be sold, but a local councillor claims one is undervalued.

Glossop Conservative Club will be auctioned early next month with a guide price set at £250,000.

While former mill owner’s home Easton  House – owned by High Peak Borough Council – could go for £190,000.

It’s the selling price of Easton which  has upset Simmondley’s Cllr John Haken.

He said: “The council’s Executive met on Christmas Eve and that it is what they agreed. I think Easton House is worth a lot more than that.”

Cllr Haken feels the value would soar if permission was given for private development.

He has put in a ‘call in’ form which means the Executive’s decision will be looked at by the council’s corporate select committee on Tuesday.

The council-owned building on High Street East stands in once landscaped grounds and comes complete with a stable block. It was the one-time home of Glossop cotton tycoon Frances Sumner  and was once the headquarters of rubber manufacture Volcrepe.

It has been empty for a number of  years and was boarded up by the council following break-ins and vandalism.

Nearby Manor House Surgery wanted to turn it into a health centre, but the move failed on a planning issue.

Cllr Haken said if the council did sell Easton House the site would be ideal for old folks’ houses due to its proximity to the town centre.

A spokesperson for High Peak Borough Council said: “We are in the final stages of negotiating with a potential purchaser, but no decisions have yet been made.”

The Conservative club will be sold by Roger Hannah Auctioneers on February 4. The company’s Stuart Cooper said the 100-year-old building was already showing plenty of interest.

Describing it as a ‘bonny building’ Mr Cooper said: “We have already had one viewing. The building lends itself to a lot of different uses.”

The once popular club closed in the summer following a fall in takings which made it no longer viable.

The Norfolk Street landmark has a large downstairs bar area, large and small upstairs rooms and a concert room.

by David Jones