SIR – I feel very sad that the proposal put forward for this site [the Holbury Club] does not include some kind of building for community use. There are very few places on Waterside to use as, for example, a music or social gathering place.


I used to be a member of the Esso Theatre group and was involved in many plays and musicals which were always well attended by the community. The building was also used by local dance schools and local bands, and when this venue was closed it was like a shot in the foot for all.

The adjoining club buildings were a lovely family place, where the community came together for social events and to celebrate Christmas, New Year and the like.

I don’t think the picnic area will be used very often, given we have the Forest on our doorstep.

I’m very disappointed

Sandy Hammond,