Eviction fears quashed

DH Lawrence
DH Lawrence

Fears that the long-standing D.H.Lawrence Society will be evicted from its meeting space to make way for a new Eastwood register office have been quashed by Broxtowe Borough Council.

The society claimed it was to be thrown out of Durban House at the D.H Lawrence Heritage Centre where it meets each month and stores their extensive library of Lawrence-related books and papers.

Concerns were sparked because the building is earmarked to house a register office for births, marriages and deaths.

Broxtowe Borough Council confirmed that Nottinghamshire County Council had submitted a proposal to relocate the service from Eastwood Health Clinic.

But it flatly denied that the D.H. Lawrence Society would be barred from using the space for their meetings.

Society member Dave Brock said he was upset and it would be the second time the society had been made homeless.

Previously it used Eastwood Library in Wellington Place but had to quit that base.

He added: “They (the councils) want to use our space to get more money.

“We must now put a brave Lawrentian face on it and cast around to find new premises.

“The irony is that this is the D.H Lawrence Heritage Centre and we are the D.H Lawrence Society.”

But the leader of Broxtowe Borough Council, Cllr Milan Radulovic, has rebuffed the rumours and said the society would still be allowed to meet at Durban House.

He added that the use of the building as the register office was vital for its future as it had to be an economically viable space.

He said: “We are anxious to see the society stay in that room, and they will of course be able to have their meetings there.

“We need to protect the long-term viability of the building and it is essential to underpin another service.”

The venue currently holds a civil wedding licence and stages a small number of weddings each year, but if plans are approved for the changes, up to 26 weddings a week could be staged there.

A rent of £4,000 per year for the Blue Room at the heritage centre off Mansfield Road has been agreed with the council paying a fee of £30 per wedding.