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Video: Fight to save Retford car park continues despite council’s decision

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Notts County Council has approved the sale of land adjacent to Retford Leisure Centre despite a campaign to prevent it.

But protesters have vowed to continue their fight for the plot of land which has been used as an overspill car park by leisure centre users and students at Retford Post-16 Centre.

They took their campaign to County Hall and protested outside the building before the council’s finance and property committee made its decision.

Approval for the sale of the land was given subject to a two-month delay, which will enable options to be looked at to resolve parking issues.

The committee heard that if the land was not sold then the developer would reduce its bid by 43 per cent, resulting in the loss of 15 houses.

The car park is regularly at capacity and residents and students are concerned about the lack of parking once the land was sold and impact on nearby roads.

Coun Ian Campbell, who spoke for 20 minutes at the meeting, said: “ The demonstration was fantastic.”

“The meeting was disappointing. There seemed to be a lack of research by officers and councillors.”

He added: “The campaign will continue for these two months. We are going to meet with developers to try and find a solution.”

Students at the Post-16 Centre said although the outcome of the meeting was not what they had hoped for, they remained ‘hopeful and focused’ that the two month grace period will ‘offer some real solutions.’

Coun David Kirkham, chairman of the finance and property committee at Notts County Council, said: “We have a duty to taxpayers to realise the maximum value from land sales, which raise valuable funds to be reinvested in capital projects such as the new Worksop Bus Station, school buildings and roads.”

“However, we remain in discussions with all parties regarding finding a solution to the potential parking issues.”

 

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