CAMPAIGNERS say the skirmish is lost but the battle not yet over after Maltby’s Stute sold at auction for £246,000.
The venue was disposed of by landowners Ciswo, the coal-mining charity, which maintains that the linked sports facilities are safe.
But Maltby Miners Welfare & Recreation Protection Group want more assurance and hope to get the recreation area registered as a community asset.
The group had also put forward a plan to get the Stute, on Muglet Lane, up and running again.
Co-ordinator Gerry Haywood said: “Ciswo totally rejected our proposal, which to be honest was not a surprise as they’ve got form for this.
“The fact is that the building was run down and run down until people stopped going in. We know that if you give people a reason, they will go there.
“That’s been the skirmish but the battle, the main challenge, now is protecting the Main field as a community asset, which can be done legally.”
There has been more interest in Maltby Main FC, with fans of league clubs currently unable to watch their teams live.
Meanwhile, the buyers of the Stute are unknown — but a cleaning company has been spotted at the building.
“That leads us to believe that they’re not going to knock it down, which is positive,” said Gerry. “But we don’t know what the plans are, and we might only find out the owners when it’s done on the Land Registry.”
A Ciswo spokesman said: “As a charity, any income from the sale of land like this is used to directly support Ciswo’s work, providing services for former miners and their families including wellbeing services, grants, financial assistance and emotional support.
“It will also be used to further support recreational services such as the sports facilities on Muglet Lane, which we have been improving over the last few months.
“We have been liaising closely with Maltby Town Council for several months to progress a deal to lease the recreation ground, ensuring the facilities continue to be developed for the use and benefit of the local community.”