Donington loses fight to save Legion clubhouse from "family silver" sell-off
Donington Parish Council has lost its long running battle with Royal British Legion national bosses who have sold the former social club HQ in Malting Lane.
The Legion is under fire for "selling the family silver" by closing clubhouses around Britain and handing them to housing developers.
Council chairman Arthur Baldwin held aloft a story in the Daily Mail about the national sell-off as he revealed the Donington club had been sold.
Coun Baldwin said: "It's not only the family silver but it's the residents of Donington's money as well."
The council sought to prove the club belonged to the people of Donington, saying it was built as a result of donations from villagers - and was always intended to benefit the village.
Coun Baldwin said the Donington club is rumoured to have gone to a local housing developer.
The council sought to have the clubhouse listed as an asset of community value, to give it greater protection, and also delved into the records to prove how it was originally funded.
But, at some stage, the building was transferred to the Legion nationally.
Coun Baldwin said: "Years ago, everything was probably done on a handshake."
Coun David Hawkins said he believed the first entry in the Land Registry showing the clubhouse was owned by the Legion nationally was in about 1996.
He added: "It was given to them for the people of Donington."
* The building was on the market with a guide price of £275,000.
According to sale details, the site extends to about 1.02 acres while the floor area of the single-story social club measure some 5,044sq feet.