Bentinck could make 100 jobs

NMAC11-0426-1''County Councillor Gail Turner met with Leigh Dyson, Director of Broom Co at Bentinck Pit Top in Kirkby on Wednesday to discuss the companies plans for the site.
NMAC11-0426-1''County Councillor Gail Turner met with Leigh Dyson, Director of Broom Co at Bentinck Pit Top in Kirkby on Wednesday to discuss the companies plans for the site.

MORE than 100 jobs will be created if ambitious plans to regenerate Selston’s former Bentinck tip site are given the green light by planners.

Broomco, which owns the former colliery spoil tip has announced major proposals for a range of facilities aimed at breathing new life into the area’s economy.

The ambitious plans include a golf course, football pitches, adventure play ground, a conservation area, a camp site, equestrian centre, fishing lakes and education and employment amenities.

In March last year, campaigners celebrated after Nottinghamshire County Council rejected plans by Waste Recycling Group to build a landfill on the site, which is close to Selston, Kirkby, and Annesley.

Selston councillor Gail Turner, who is also a member of Selston Area Residents’ Association which campaigned against the landfill plans, said: “This is a very exciting plan.

“To have all these outdoor sports blended so well with the natural wildlife is miles away from the landfill proposals which would have destroyed the quality of life for local people and, of course, destroyed all the wildlife.

“Having such an amenity will put Selston on the map and hopefully will contribute to an improved local economy which is much-needed.”

A spokesman from Broomco pledged to restore the derelict area into a thriving venue for the community.

He said: “This is an exciting project which we believe will provide real benefits for the community.

“Visually the pit tip is a scar on both the local and regional landscape and is very prominent from the M1.

“We recognise that the site is next to a Site of Special Scientific Interest and is a site of importance for nature conservation itself.

“As a consequence, we have mapped out the sensitive areas and designed around them.”

Broomco is expected to submit a planning application in the autumn and, if successful, the restoration programme is likely to be phased over five years.