Council plans to sell its HQ

Bolsover Council Offices.
Bolsover Council Offices.
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COUNCIL chiefs are proposing to sell their multi-million pound headquarters in Bolsover to a retail giant to create jobs and boost business.

Bolsover District Council announced on Monday it is considering selling Sherwood Lodge, off Oxcroft Lane, and its surrounding land after businesses expressed an interest in converting the site into a retail development.

Wes Lumley, council chief executive, said: “Any new development must benefit and help to strengthen the town centre, boosting further regeneration in terms of new jobs and businesses.”

The council has been examining assets to be more efficient and is considering a new build, leasing existing buildings or building on the existing site for new offices should a sale go ahead.

A council spokesman would not identify any retailers involved but Morrisons and Tesco are believed to have shown interest.

Some residents welcomed the idea and hope it might lead to leisure developments and that council staff would not have to be relocated far away.

Bolsover District Cllr Keith Bowman said the authority moved to Sherwood Lodge in the early 1990s from its former Mansfield HQ and hopes any new offices will remain in the town.

He said: “Bolsover is dying on its feet and someone has to do something to regenerate the place. We’re looking to make Bolsover the Bakewell of north east Derbyshire.”