War bunker to become a B&B

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An old World War Two bunker in Watnall is set to be turned into a bed and breakfast.

The bunker on land off Main Road - which used to be an RAF plotting station – was bought two years ago and Broxtowe Borough Council has given planning permission for it to be converted.

Alison Armes has lived in the vicinity all her life and says she is pleased about the plans because the area around the bunker has been blighted by anti-social behaviour for as long as she can remember.

Now, the new owners have fenced it off and the problem has gone away, she said.

“I’ve lived here all my life and its always been a nuisance with druggies and fights. They were always burning cars down there and the police and fire engines were always there.

“It was a nightmare. To know that was going off all the time right on your doorstep. No-one wants that.”

Ms Armes, 52, said she hoped the plans for the bed and breakfast included making some sort of feature or tourist attraction out of the old bunker.

“It will be interesting to see what they do with it. With the history behind it I imagine it will create a lot of interest,” she said.

“It will hopefully be an interesting place to go to. A bit of a tourist attraction. There’s not many in the country like that one.”

The land has been bought by Jamie Brown, who will live on site once its built.

He did not give much away, but did say: “It’s been derelict since the 60s and it will be good to do something with the building.

The B&B is sue to open next summer.

Watnall used to get bombed a lot during the war because the plotting station was there.

Before the new owners bought the land it was used a shooting range.