HQ sale plan to create jobs

COUNCIL bosses who are proposing to sell their multi-million pound HQ in Bolsover to a retail giant claim the regeneration plan could create more than 200 jobs and boost the economy.

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

Cllr Alan Tomlinson, regeneration chief, said: “We’ve started negotiations with the companies involved to get the best deal for the town.

“If these go to plan, we will be looking to appoint a developer partner by the end of the year to start and move the project forward.”

Proposals consist of a new retail store with car parks and new accommodation for the council and police and the creation of at least 200 new jobs.

The council, which aims to be more cost effective, has been considering options concerning any new office arrangements including a new build, leasing existing buildings or building on the existing site.

Mr Tomlinson added: “We have to do something to help the town get back on its feet and this development will not only provide much-needed jobs but also bring in extra custom and support for traders.”

The council confirmed that once a preferred company had been selected, residents would be invited to public consultation events before the submission of any planning applications.