Friday, 12 September 2008

North Road catch up (1): Rise Carr Social Club

Rise Carr Social Club has been closed for some time, having become unviable as a place of entertainment. In one of my earlier attempts to widen my range of interests and accomplishments and meet women, I once went salsa dancing there: and a dim, gloomy evening it was too (the ballroom wasn't great either).

Now the owners intend to convert it to apartments for rent. The target market will be young people from the local area who are not yet able to get on the housing ladder. The developer has contacted local residents and councillors to give us the chance to comment on these proposals before final architect plans are prepared.

So, if you want to see the initial plans and make your views known, the developer and architect will be in the Social Club between 3pm and 7pm next Wednesday afternoon, September 17th. The external aspects of the building will be improved, the brickwork looks as though it is to be clad, the windows and the entrance area modernised and the external downpipes will be removed.

Of course it's a shame that once proud and busy local social clubs struggle for financial viability. Customers have so much more choice about where to spend their dwindling cash. But apart from the sad loss of a social facility, as far as I can see, the only drawback might be pressure on parking space in the area, though there is usually plenty of unused kerbside space along the side of the Phoenix Centre and North Park. If local residents have any concerns, please don't hesitate to get in touch with me or Cllr Fred Lawton.

1 comment:

AllyAEC said...

Oh joy, more cars to park on an entry/exit junction which is a nightmare in the first place...