Fears over new contact centre

NDET 22.5.12 MC 2'Reg Tooth against Bolsover District Council's plans to build a �2m contact centre on the Middle Street Car park.

NDET 22.5.12 MC 2'Reg Tooth against Bolsover District Council's plans to build a �2m contact centre on the Middle Street Car park.

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TOWN councillors have opposed plans for a new community contact centre in Bolsover because they fear it will result in a loss of essential car parking space and create a large eyesore.

Old Bolsover Town Council voted this month against Bolsover District Council’s planning application to build a new £2m contact centre in the town centre, on Middle Street, on the grounds the development will remove existing car parking, that it is too big and its proposed red bricks will be unsightly.

Town Cllr Mick Reed said: “The council has objected to the proposed contact centre because of concerns about its size, the loss of parking and its red brick appearance.”

Previously, town cllr Reg Tooth argued the development would be out of scale with its surroundings, its brickwork failed to match that of surrounding buildings, it would take over valuable parking and was an inefficient use of £2m that could be spent elsewhere.

The district council has submitted an application for the centre to its planning committee to consider after announcements the district council hopes to sell its Sherwood Lodge offices to Morrisons for a supermarket development and take over the Clowne college campus site.

The Bolsover Civic Society also criticised the centre which it described as ugly and too big for surrounding properties.

The district council stated the size has been determined by space needs, parking needs will be considered and other plans will create hundreds of parking spaces. A district council spokesman stated no one was available to comment further.