Charity’s old HQ a haven for vagrants and yobs
PUBLISHED: 18:00 16 August 2012
BUYERS are being sought for a prominent building in Weston which has been largely empty for the past five years and attracted vagrants and teenage yobs.
Somerset Legion House was used as a respite centre for members of the Armed Forces community until five years ago, when the Royal British Legion opened a new base in Beach Road.
Now members of the organisation only use the building in Claremont Crescent occasionally, and its vacant state has concerned the owners of nearby businesses.
Simon Manley, manager of the neighbouring Dauncey’s Hotel, said: “It’s sad really. It’s a nice building and it would be good to see something done with it.
“Vagrants have sometimes got into the property, some have settled outside the front of it, and recently teenagers kicked in one of the windows.
“After what happened at the former Royal Pier Hotel [which was destroyed by a fire in 2010] it is a bit worrying to see the building standing there in its current state.”
The 49-bedroom property is currently being marketed as both flats and a hotel.
A Legion spokesman said: “The Royal British Legion-owned property on Claremont Crescent is currently on the market for sale and offers are invited through our appointed agents, Fleurets.
“The property was previously used as a break centre for members of the Armed Forces community in need of a holiday and fell vacant when the legion opened a brand new breaks facility in Weston.
“Members from the local legion branch still use part of the building for branch activities and will continue to do so until it is sold.”
Stuart Parsons, divisional director of Fleurets, said: “We have been actively marketing Somerset Legion House since June 2012, and to date we have received interest for both hotel and residential use.
“With the initial stages of the Dolphin Square development under way I see these as exciting times for property in Weston and anticipate good levels of interest in Somerset Legion House come September.”
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