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Club for sale to add something new to Southgate Street

By Maryam_Qaiser  |  Posted: February 07, 2014

RAOB on Southgate Street,

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IT was once home to an historic lodge but now a Southgate Street club is up for sale.

The city branch of Royal Antediluvian Order of Buffaloes vacated the premises in June last year.

It now meets at Wagon Works Sports and Social Club and Hucclecote Rugby Club.

Bill Mott, area secretary, said: “The group is still well and alive. We are doing better than ever but we just don’t run from this site anymore.”

The ex-RAOB club is up for sale with Naylor Powell in the region of £200,000.

Richard Powell, estate agent, said: “We took on the property in November last year and we have had a lot of interest in this.”

Bala Senthooran who works at Southgate Food and Wine Shop, said: “It would be good to see maybe a house or flats because this street already has a lot of shops and they are not very busy. I saw a man walk past the RAOB club a few weeks ago and he took down the board with its name on.

“I asked him why and he said it was famous club and he wanted to remember it.”

Pat Nelmes, landlady of The Tall Ships pub wants to see the site turned into a venue space. She said: “We need some sort of function room down this end of Gloucester because, they is nothing here. It needs to be affordable to those who want to hire it out for a little party or small wedding do.

“My pub only has a small function room but I used to tell people to go across the road if they wanted something bigger.”

The former Tequila Rose restaurant in Southgate Street has also been on sale since last year. Julian Capewell, estate agent from Burton Knowles, said: “The property went up for sale about six to nine months ago. We have not had a lot on interest in it. The premises can be used for other things, subject to planning.”

It come as more than £2million of lottery funding has been secured to give Southgate Street a much needed facelift, which will take place over the next five years.

Ian Spencer who owns Oasis Cafe in Southgate Street said the street needs to attract more people. He said: “I went to a birthday party at the ROAB club a few years ago and the hall inside easily hosts up to 70 people. It is a shame to see so many old associations moving on.

“The Tequila Rose restaurant has been empty for a while. I remember when it opened there 24 years ago, I was working in the warehouses opposite. We were all excited because it was going to serve Mexican food.”

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