Warspop car park to be saved from development

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A CAR park in Warsop High Street which was due to be auctioned off as potential development looks to have been saved.

As reported in last week’s Chad, Nottinghamshire County Council turned down a £30,000 bid from Warsop Parish Council to buy the car park and who feared its loss would kill businesses in the area.

But the county council has now said it will accept an improved offer of £50,000 and have pulled the land and adjacent shop from an auction at Nottingham Racecourse later this month.

Parish council chairman Stuart Moody said councillors would decide whether or not to ratify the purchase at a meeting last night.

Parish and district councillor John Allin thinks it will be great news for Warsop High Street.

He said: “It’s a lot of money but at least we will be able to keep it as a car park. I think it would have sold for a lot more at auction and we wouldn’t have got it. I had heard there were some people prepared to offer up to £70,000 for it. All we have got to do now is find the money.”

Coun Allin said it is likely the parish council will fund half of the purchase and they will attempt to borrow the other £25,000 from Mansfield District Council.

If the purchase goes through, they will have to decide what to do with the shop, formerly Mr Maggot fishing tackle, and if they will charge shoppers to use the car park.

Coun Allin added: “The shop needs a lot of money spending on it but it could be done up and then rented out. We will have a serious discussion about whether we want to start charging for the car park.

“Maybe two hours free parking and then start charging. We don’t want businesses parking there all day.”

Coun Reg Adair, the county council’s cabinet member for finance and property, said they would be happy to accept a revised offer of £50,000.