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Confusion over how building came to be owned by charity as it goes up for sale in Donington

The RBL building in Donington is up for sale. (3542808)
The RBL building in Donington is up for sale. (3542808)

Questions are still being asked over the former meeting place of a Royal British Legion (RBL) branch as the building goes on the market for £275,000.

The Donington and Quadring RBL branch stopped using the building as its social club at the start of this year - it is believed because the upkeep costs were too expensive.

The building, in Malting Lane, is today owned by the national organisation of the RBL.

But the belief by many in the village is that the building was erected after fundraising by the people of Donington for the benefit of the community.

Some people have also said they remembered ‘buying a brick’ to help make the building a reality.

At May's parish council meeting members agreed to ask clerk Diane Fairweather to write to the Legion HQ in London and ask what it planned to do with the closed building.

“The parish council want to know how it became to be owned by the RBL,” she said.

Diane requested the title deeds from the Land Registry and has a copy of the title dated May 5, 2010, which states the owner of the building is the RBL.

And members of the parish council are also concerned that if the building is sold off the land could end up being used for housing.

Parish council chairman Arthur Baldwin said: “There is a bowling green at the back of the building and it is a lovely bowling green.

“We need a bank in Donington, a doctor’s surgery or a dentist and I suspect the building will get sold and another housing estate will go up. There are 80-odd houses already going up and other plans in the village. The village is getting bigger.”

Coun Jane King added: “We are concerned it is going to be sold for housing and the rest of Malting Lane will be concerned if there will be more housing.

“It is a case of we need more information.”

At the parish council meeting in May, Coun Bryan Robinson said villagers had put a lot of time and effort into running the hall over many years.

He said: “Don’t you think we ought to be notified and told what’s going to happen to the place now?”

And Coun Phil Lovell asked: “How did it finish up out of the hands of the people of Donington and in the hands of the British Legion?

“Who gave it to the British Legion? Who actually decided that the British Legion owned it?”

The Spalding Guardian contacted the RBL head office but a spokesperson said she was unable to provide a comment.

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