‘Save Fourways from demolition’

A MANFIELD Woodhouse woman is appealing to save the Fourways pub from demolition.

Sixty-eight-year-old Pat Lees was born was raised in the Woodhouse landmark on Leeming Lane South when it was the Elms Club, run by her mother, Evelyn Fairbrother.

The site has been earmarked for development into 11 private dwellings by hospitality company MGM Hotels, but Pat says the building is an historic landmark and should be converted rather than pulled down.

Pat, who lives on Rolaine Close, said: “I just think it is such a lovely building and I would like to see it turned into some nice apartments. How many houses have been built in Woodhouse and nobody can afford to buy them? It could be turned into a nice restaurant.”

Mansfield district councillor Phil Shields, member for Yeoman Hill, said the planning application was due to go before the planning committee this month. He added: “I do not have a problem with any development, it is just the situation of it.

“The traffic lights at the Fourways do not even have a pedestrian crossing. If residents want me to go and voice their concerns I have no problem with that. The county have to look at the traffic there.”

Architect Graham Rosser, of Rosser Morris Ltd, said a residential development would be the most profitable option for the site but looked doubtful now. He added: “It may well end up being a conversion. We are exploring all possibilities but feedback from highways is not looking good. The application will probably be withdrawn before too long and we will have to come up with an alternative scheme.”

l If you would like to comment on the application write to The Head of Planning, Community Safety and Regulatory Services, Civic Centre, Chesterfield Road South, Mansfield, NG19 7BH, or email pbc@mansfield.gov.uk before next Wednesday.