We have agreed to a raft of plans and ideas that will help regenerate our town centres and breathe new life into the District.
The work, which forms part of the Regeneration Frameworks for the District has prioritised one major project in each of the four market towns of Bolsover, Clowne, Shirebrook and South Normanton and three cross cutting projects which benefit the whole of the District.
The following town centre projects become priorities, which are seen as key to future regeneration:
- Bolsover – mixed use development on the Sherwood Lodge site
- Clowne – new highway route through the town centre, pedestrian and public realm improvements
- Shirebrook – remodel the market place, including public realm redesign to create more multi-functional space
- South Normanton – redesign and re-establish the market place as a heart of the town.
For the whole district we have prioritised a programme of shop front enhancements, a gateway project for towns and villages improving promotion and signage and to promote the Robin Hood line as an excellent means of sustainable transport that can help support both business and leisure opportunities.
In addition it was agreed to trial a Town Team in South Normanton which will help promote the area and eventually become independent and self sustaining.
Council Leader, Councillor Ann Syrett said, “These projects will have a significant economic impact on each of these town centres. While we are initially proposing to focus on our four market towns, the action plan is adaptable and we will take advantage of any new opportunities where a positive economic impact can be achieved.
“We are now working with our partners to identify funding opportunities to get these schemes off the ground as soon as possible.”
We have previously consulted with local communities and stakeholders on the detailed studies and draft plans for taking the Regeneration Frameworks forward as a catalyst for further investment and regeneration.
Councillor Syrett added, “We must make our District more resilient and attractive so we will also be targeting empty properties, promoting our strong tourist attractions and marketing our key development sites to bring in inward investment.
“What is important though is to make sure these plans do not just sit on a shelf and gather dust. We must make sure we put them into action so we can help regenerate and improve our town centres.”