HERITAGE enthusiasts are campaigning to save historical parts of Bolsover’s old Sherwood Lodge building which is due to be demolished to make way for a supermarket and petrol station development.
Bolsover Civic Society and Old Bolsover Town Council have appealed to both Bolsover District Council and Morrisons to salvage parts of the old building, off Hill Top, after Morrisons has been given permission to transform the council’s old Sherwood Lodge building into a service station and the council’s former Sherwood Lodge offices into a supermarket.
The development plans follow the council’s agreed move to the former Clowne college campus and the civic society and the town council are determined to salvage the old Sherwood Lodge building’s 1897 date stone, Victorian tiling, stained glass windows, panels, engraved plaques and other historical elements.
Civic Society spokesman Bernard Haigh said: “The elements we want to preserve are in the original Sherwood Lodge building which was built by the former Director of Bolsover Colliery Company Abel Sykes as a private house in 1897 and he also had the Methodist Chapel built on the front of the property.
“Whatever we’re able to save may be used in other future developments in Bolsover and will help preserve an important part of the town’s history.”
The Save Sherwood Green campaign group had opposed Morrisons’ development which was approved by Bolsover District Council’s planning committee who have also give permission for a new district council Contact Centre to be built on Middle Street.
Old Bolsover Town Council and Bolsover Civic Society had also opposed plans for the Contact Centre because of its size, loss of parking and its appearance but, according to Mr Haigh, the development is now going to include more stonework than glass and will be slightly lower.
Mr Haigh explained that Morrisons is willing to provide archive drawings of the old Sherwood Lodge so they can be preserved and access will be allowed to the town council and civic society in April to photograph and identify anything of interest.
A district council spokesman said Bolsover district Council is happy to help preserve these heritage pieces, but the final decision on what can be preserved will be down to Morrisons and a representative has indicated there should not be any problems.(PICBOOKEDFEB138AM)