BOLSOVER: Council’s plans are slammed

Mark Widdowson.

Mark Widdowson.

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A BOLSOVER man has hit out at the town’s district council over plans he says are having a negative effect on the area.

Mark Widdowson, said Bolsover District Council’s decision to build its new contact centre - which will also contain the police station - on Middle Street car park will cause headaches for motorists and could threaten town centre shops.

“The car park they want to build on is close to the dentist, the hairdressers and library,” said Mark.

“It’s used by a lot of the town’s older residents and if they can’t park the shops will suffer.

“We will lose shops anyway when Morrisons opens its doors.

“The car park is also useful for visitors to Bolsover Castle.”

Mark, who has lived in the town all of his life, said he believed there were other more suitable bases for the contact centre, including the now derelict White Swan pub or the unused market square and urged councillors to think again.

And he suggested the police having its own base instead of being within the contact centre.

Bolsover is in a period of change. The council has recently moved from its base at Sherwood Lodge to new offices in Clowne and sold its former home to Morrisons supermarket which will be opening soon.

Those changes were met with controversy in the town with a group called Save Sherwood Green being set up in a bid to stop the plans.

A council spokesman said: “The decision to build our new contact centre on Middle Street Car Park has been consulted on, debated and agreed at council meetings and planning committee in November 2012. At the same Planning committee, the Morrisons application was approved with consideration given to the Highway and Retail impacts on the town. We looked at a number of alternative venues in and around the town centre (including the White Swan Public House), but none of the alternatives were suitable for the proposed use. We believe that the redevelopment of Bolsover town will benefit the town centre itself and create much needed jobs for local people.”