Bolsover District Council has issued Morrisons with a Community Protection Notice (CPN) in an effort to clean up the Sherwood Lodge site.
Since the company purchased the site back in 2014, it has fallen into disrepair and has been the subject of repeated acts of vandalism and fires.
A CPN warning was issued to the landowner (Optimisation Developments Ltd) on 7 February 2017 and since that date the company have not acknowledged the
contents of the warning notice or tried to resolve the situation.
Council officers along with partners from the Police and Fire Service undertook an inspection of the site and none of the conditions documented within the warning have been met, apart from the erection of signs advising security is on site.
As a result, the Community Protection Notice has been issued to the landowner today, which gives them 28 days to complete the work detailed on the notice. If they fail to do this they will face prosecution by the Council’s Legal Department and a potential fine of up to £20,000.
Bolsover District Council’s Cabinet Member for Community Safety, Councillor John Ritchie said, “We have tried and tried to speak to the company to get them to resolve the situation, but they do not return our calls or reply to our emails and letters, so we had no hesitation in using our legal powers and issuing this notice.
“The site is an eyesore and dangerous. We’ve had vandalism and fires and it is now a magnet in attracting anti social behaviour, so something has to be done – and soon! We want the company to make it safe immediately and then put plans forward for it to be developed for the benefit of the town as soon as possible.”