Morrisons claims its store plans will boost Bolsover’s economy

Preview to the Morrison's public consultation in Bolsover. Councillor Alan Tomlinson Cabinet Member for Regeneration, Councillor Eion Watts, Leader of Bolsover District Council and James Smith Development Executive for Morrisons.
Preview to the Morrison's public consultation in Bolsover. Councillor Alan Tomlinson Cabinet Member for Regeneration, Councillor Eion Watts, Leader of Bolsover District Council and James Smith Development Executive for Morrisons.

RESIDENTS have begun considering plans for a multi-million pound scheme to transform council offices in Bolsover into a supermarket.

Morrisons aims to develop a 20,000sq ft store on the site of Bolsover District Council’s Sherwood Lodge offices, off Oxcroft Lane, after the council announced cost-saving plans to sell the HQ and move to Clowne college campus.

Despite the company’s hopes for a development with 200 new jobs and a drive to ensure people shop in the town, residents are worried the store could damage other businesses and mean a loss of green land.

But Morrisons said it will boost the economy by keeping shopping in the town and the food retailer will support existing shops.

District Cllr Duncan Kerr, of The Green Party, is concerned Sherwood Green will be lost but Morrisons stated it will keep a tree boundary and the memorial garden.

A planning application is due to be submitted to the district council this month for the project to be completed by the end of 2013. The council is also planning to develop a £2m Contact Centre off Cotton Street as part of the changes.

Public displays were held at the Assembly Rooms on Friday and Saturday. A Save Sherwood Green meeting is being held at 7.30pm, on Tuesday, at The North Star Club, on Welbeck Road. For a breakdown see next week’s Derbyshire Times.