Mum-of-two Bethan Lant, a land trust board member who moved into St Clement’s last summer, explained: “We don’t think there’s as much paperwork holding up the deal as the mayor thinks.

“The money is committed to St Clement’s for community use, so developing the John Denham building as a community asset should be within the purpose and spirit of what the money is intended for.

“But we are disappointed we weren’t given the building as there’s a strong feeling round here that it should be part of the community as always been.”

The land trust fears losing the space if its offer to buy it with the council cash isn’t accepted or another buyer gets it first.

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