Somerset

Lease of Wells EMI social club extended

The lease of a Somerset social club that is threatened with closure has been extended.

The lease for the EMI Club in Wells was to end in the next two weeks but the landlord Thales has extended it until December.

It allows time for a decision on the club's application to take over the city's old tax office.

Waitrose cannot start work on a new supermarket at the club site until the club has a new home.

In January, Mendip District Council granted planning permission for Waitrose to build on the Chamberlain Street site.

EMI Club chairman David Turner said the social club had about 500 members, 17 skittle teams, two pool teams and snooker and darts teams.

"It's very important to the local community," he said.

"We are looking at the old tax office in Priory Road where we're hoping to get change of use.

"This comes up for approval sometime early in September."

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