The site of an much-loved social club axed by developers is set to be transformed into a community hub.
A new Sainsbury’s Local is set to be created - the first Sainsbury’s supermarket in the borough - as well as a doctor’s surgery, pharmacy and veterinary practice.
The development, on the site of the old Triplex club, is being undertaken by the Emerson Group and Orbit Developments at the Eccleston Grange residential development opposite Mill Dam.
Council leader Barrie Grunewald, who just over 12 months ago had been among the dissenting voices after residents tried in vain to save Eccleston Social Club on the same site, praised the new plans.
Up to 50 club members marched the 100 yards from their club to demonstrate outside developers Jones Homes’ plush new showhome in a show of defiance.
Members claimed they were told at a meeting with the company’s land manager that the club DID have a long term future - a claim denied by the company.
Jones Homes has now created a string of four and five bedroom detached properties at the site - as well as a selection of two and three bedroom mews properties.