Plans for pit wheel to be mounted in Bilsthorpe

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A pit wheel from a former colliery could soon be put back in to use - by adorning the entrance to a business park.

Planning permission has been submitted to mount half a wheel at the Bilsthorpe Business Park off Eakring Road, which is the site of the old village pit.

The application is from Harworth Estates Investments Ltd, who own the site, and comes at the request of Bilsthorpe Heritage Society.

The site currently has a flower bed and is used informally as a memorial garden to those who worked at the mine.

They want to remove the existing raised flower bed and replace with a concrete plinth on which to mount the 3.5-metre high half section of the wheel.

If approved, Harworth has agreed to grant a lease to Bilsthorpe Heritage Society for maintenance of the entire garden area.

They were unable to get the exact wheels from Bilsthorpe’s pit after they were destroyed, but were able to get their hands on an old wheel from Welbeck Colliery.

Trevor Goodman from Bilsthorpe Heritage Society said: “It’s a wheel and it will mark the site.

“We have had this idea for years and we’re estimating by mid-August we should have the base.

“We’ve had a lot of support especially from MP Mark Spencer.

“There’s been a lot of support from the people in the village, they keep asking when it will be happening.”