A neglected building which is more than 100 years old will be put up for auction for a second time.

The Savoy in Trinity Street, Halstead, will be offered out to the highest bidder at the Holiday Inn in Ipswich later this month.

The building, which first opened as Colne Vally Cinema in 1916, comes with planning permission to create six new flats and a commercial unit on the bottom floor.

Owners Vaio Pak Investments put the historic building up for auction back in March, however it went unsold and was temporarily taken off the market.

This latest attempt to sell the property has seen a drop in the asking price, with bidders now needing to fork out somewhere between £200,000 and £250,000.

The asking price at the previous auction was £300,000.

Halstead historian Jim Davis said "It's not as old as some of the buildings in the town which date back to the 1600's. People seem to forget the Empire Theatre Cinema is older, even though it looks a lot newer.

"It would be nice to see the Savoy sorted out and the front of the building given a facelift."

Doubts had been raised about whether the conversion of the Savoy would ever happen when JPJ Installations, who were granted outline planning permission to convert it into flats back in 2014, put the building up for sale last year.

Vaio Pak Investments took on the project in 2017 and submitted a similar planning application for the building, in order to extend the expiry date on the planning permission to 2020.

The building, which has been empty ever since it ceased being used as a children's play centre, will go up for sale on October 25.