AA Grundi: What are the other 60 per cent doing here?

Worksop in 'needing investment' shock.
Worksop in 'needing investment' shock.

I don’t know if you’ve seen, but Bassetlaw Council’s top bods have been asking folk about how they should ‘shape the future of Worksop’.

An ambitious project fraught with potential stumbling blocks I’m sure you’ll agree.

Usually these ‘public consultations’ involve loads of people coming up with ideas and then the council doing what they were planning to do in the first place.

Though I’m sure that won’t be the case this time...

Anyway, some of the early results are in and most are hardly surprising.

You don’t need to be Sherlock Holmes to suggest Worksop town centre needs more investment.

And the local bright sparks who suggested there were too many empty shops and the buildings needed brightening up don’t need to apply for Mastermind just yet.

However, there were one or two more surprising finds to be had.

Apparently most folk didn’t think there was any need to resurface Bridge Street. Really? Last time I walked down there after some rain it was like an episode of Dancing on Ice, without Phillip Schofield.

But an even bigger shock was that only 40 per cent of people who visited the town came to shop.

Now Worksop’s retail experience may not quite be Fifth Avenue, but it does beg the question: What are the other 60 per cent doing here?

What are they coming into Worksop town centre for if not to shop?

To ponder the meaning of life outside Dorothy Perkins?

To seek divine intervention next to the new sculpture on Bridge Place?

Even Worksop folk would have to admit it’s hardly the sort of place you go to take in the scenery.

There are clearly some very odd, potentially dangerous people around - and should they really be shaping the future of the town?