PROTESTORS worried about the loss of green land from the proposed Morrisons supermarket development in Bolsover lobbied a council meeting dressed as trees to highlight objections.
The Save Sherwood Green SOS group claims Morrisons’ planning application to convert Bolsover District Council’s Sherwood Lodge council offices, off Oxcroft Lane, including the original Sherwood Lodge building and green land will involve the loss of over 100 trees.
Chairman Chris Christopher, of Save Sherwood Green SOS, said: “There are many families in our campaign and their children feel as strongly about the loss of these beautiful trees.”
The council aims to sell its offices to preferred bidder Morrisons as part of a move to a new base at Chesterfield College’s Clowne campus site and plans to boost regeneration and jobs.
But campaigners argued the original lodge’s grounds are used by many as a park and should be preserved as they presented objections during a council meeting, on September 19.
Protestors also fear a new supermarket could drain trade from local businesses including Bolsover petrol station due to proposals for a service station. They have also submitted a proposal to Derbyshire County Council to get the lodge’s green land registered under the Commons Act to preserve it. Bolsover District Council has stated Bolsover has the most green space in the district and the development would retain a memorial garden and include landscaping. A council planning committee decision on the plans is expected this winter.