SELSTON residents turned out to a public consultation this week to discuss the future of the former Bentinck tip site.
In March, we reported that plans had been unveiled to transform the former colliery site into a new community facility which would include a golf course, as well equestrian centre, fishing lakes, outdoor classrooms, football pitches and many more facilities.
Selston’s event was held at the parish hall on Monday afternoon – with follow-up displays held in Annesley and Kirkby-in-Ashfield.
Broomco, which owns the former colliery spoil tip, but not the void area, is behind the far-reaching proposals which will be subject to planning permission from Nottinghamshire County Council.
Paul Stone, from Signet Planning, is co-ordinating the plans on behalf of Broomco and says that a planning application could be submitted by the end of the month.
He said: “The golf course takes up most of the room on the site but I would like to think that we have a wide spread of activities.”
He also said that there was a great deal of public support for the project.
Selston campaigners fought a long battle to stop Waste Recycling Group turning the site into a landfill site.
The plans were rejected by Nottinghamshire County Council in March last year.
A spokesman from Ashfield Against Landfill (ALF) said that the group welcomed the proposals.
He said: “It sounds like a jolly good plan. We have been involved to some extent and we are quite happy with what is going on.
“We have to see the fine details but we just wanted it to become part of nature again and be of use again rather than a waste tip.”
Selston councillor Gail Turner, who also fought the landfill application, said: “The plans look iconic and this is going to be the start of the regeneration of Ashfield. It is going to bring jobs and it is going to be a wonderful amenity for people.”
Describing this week’s public consultations, she added: “Everybody was very positive and I think it is going to be very well supported by people.”