A £1million JD Wetherspoon pub has been given the go-ahead in Eastwood and will provide 40 jobs for local people.
The chain will convert a former car dealership on Nottingham Road into a family-friendly pub and restaurant.
The manager of the town’s Citizens’ Advice Bureau (CAB) said the new jobs being created was ‘fantastic news’.
Sue Malowska, who is the manager of the borough’s CAB and is based at the Eastwood office, said: “Anything that offers employment is fantastic news for Eastwood.”
Ms Malowska said her staff see more unemployment and debt issues than ever.
“We get an awful lot of people with debt problems, and many of those are unemployed,” she added. “Many people have been out of work a long time.
“I just hope that they take local people on, and there’s not too much competition with the applications.
“Anything that helps towards local employment is fantastic because there’s so little around.”
Plans for the Wetherspoon, at the old G&M Motors site, were met with mixed feelings earlier this year. Some people said the town did not need another pub or eatery, but others said it was great value for money and ‘anything to boost the town’s trade’.
Helen Sharpe said the town had enough cafes, and there would be parking problems, while Abigail Moore, who has a one-year-old daughter said it would be a great value place for families to eat.
Eastwood Town councillor Brian Griffin said he was worried it would take trade away from local cafes.