General Foods Sports and Social Club has launched a petition against plans to relocate the club to facilitate the expansion of Castle Quay shopping centre.
The social club has been in its current home in Spiceball Park Road for 43 years but the site could now form part of a multi-million pound development by the owners of Castle Quay which would include an 88-bed hotel and supermarket with 500 car parking spaces.
At Banbury Canal Day on Sunday the social club’s committee launched a petition urging people to join the fight to keep the club where it is.
It has already been signed by more than 500 people.
The club has been in negotiations with developer Hawkstone Properties – acting on behalf of shopping centre owners Scottish Widows Investment Partnership (SWIP) – for some weeks in a bid to find a new suitable location and make space for the new development.
But Robert Marshall, the club’s committee chairman, said: “We can’t move – there’s nowhere else for us to go.
“The developers have suggested two other sites but they’re just not big enough or don’t have a garden. This is our ideal spot and if we were to move we wouldn’t be able to keep going.
“Lots of people have been urging us to stick it out and we will fight this, not just for our sake but for our members,” he said.
Mr Marshall added times have been tougher for the club recently. He said: “I think people are worried about booking at the moment because they’re not sure how long we’re going to be here, but I want to reiterate that we’re not planning on going anywhere and the best way for people to support the club is to actually come to the club.”
Cameron Murray, fund manager at SWIP said: “We wish to continue our dialogue with the social club and hope to reach a good solution for all concerned – which means retaining the club in Banbury, hopefully in a new modern facility.”
A planning application for the extension, which also includes a new cinema and canalside cafés and restaurants, will be submitted to Cherwell District Council later this month.
Mr Marshall said the club is not against regenerating the area.
“If they leave us alone they can do what they like,” he said.