Cannock Cricket & Hockey Club site back on market
The former home of Cannock Cricket & Hockey Club is back on the market.
Chase Park, in Hatherton, closed when receivers were called in to the site in May amid a wrangle over leases for the sports clubs involving developers and Sport England.
It went under the hammer at auction two months ago and was snapped up by multi-millionaire businessman Mo Chaudry, who bid £1.45million for the 25-acre site. However, the 58-year-old, who owns the Waterworld leisure complex in Stoke-on-Trent and previously appeared on TV show The Secret Millionaire, failed to complete the purchase.
However, Chase Park has now been relisted for sale by Dublin-based online property auction site Bid1x with a guide price of £600,000.
The auction will take place on October 30.
The latest twist comes as Cannock Cricket Club moved into their new home this weekend.
They have taken over the former ground of rival club C&R Hawks, who have vacated their base, in Littleworth Road, Rawnsley.
The club are planning a ‘housewarming’ party for existing members and hopefully new guests at the site on Saturday evening from 6pm.
Honorary secretary Graham Machin said: “We will obviously be keeping an interested eye on the sale but we’re moving into our new home now and looking forward to a bright future for our cricket club again.”
Cannock Hockey Club have been playing their matches at Erasmus Darwin Academy in Burntwood and other sites since the Chase Park closure.
Mr Chaudry told the Express & Star in July that his plans for the site would ‘evolve’ – but this came to nothing.
He then later declined to comment on the decision to pull out of the deal.
Sport England said previously it was ‘disappointed’ the site was on sale.
“We look forward to having a constructive dialogue to ensure that the successful bidder recognises the need to maintain and enhance the existing sports usage at the site as part of their future plans,” it said.