Labour town centre councillors welcome and are pleased to support cross party approval for action to develop the Pick & Shovel site. The proposed firm action being taken by NWLDC and EMA will finally tidy up the site and enhance our town centre.
On Tuesday 21st October NWLDC Conservative Cabinet sanctioned granting social landlord East Midland Housing (EMA) up to £500k of public money to enable EMA to demolish and redevelop the site of the derelict Pick and Shovel pub.
The old pub has been derelict for at least a decade and an eyesore at the gateway to the main shopping area. Many local people have been critical of the private owner for allowing the building to deteriorate and unused.
John Legrys said “The demolition and the building of 14 flats on the site will be difficult and technically complex at this busy road junction. We will need to discuss with the experts to ensure that traffic and pedestrians can safely use the junction when demolition and new build is taking place. There will be no onsite parking for the flat tenants and we will have to ensure that alternative parking elsewhere is provided. We will also need to find out from EMA how the new flats will be serviced and details such as bin storage!”
“I urge everyone with an interest in our town centre to examine the plans when they become publically available and make their comments known to the Planners”.
“I want the public to comment on the building design and how it will blend in with the surrounding Victorian environment and Conservation Area as well as how the new build will function.”
“This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to improve part of our town centre and all townsfolk must take an interest. Labour Councillors are ambitious for our town centre but we will listen to folks comments.”
“In our opinion EMH have provided us with a good design for the new housing on the old Fox and Goose site and we hope they can replicate good design in our town centre as well as providing good quality housing".