Shirebrook eyesore to be site for industrial development

PIONEERING plans to reclaim Shirebrook Colliery Tip for a jobs-boosting industrial development have been backed by Bolsover District Council.

PIONEERING plans to reclaim Shirebrook Colliery Tip for a jobs-boosting industrial development have been backed by Bolsover District Council.

Shirebrook Colliery closed in 1993 and is now a derelict eyesore but East Midlands Development Agency wants to transform the site into a quality industrial/commercial development that could create up to 1,300 jobs.

Bolsover District Council currently has two planning applications which have been submitted centring on the layout of roads and landscaping at the site.

But at a planning meeting last Wednesday councillors first gave the thumbs up to a county council application that is needed as the scheme involves mineral extraction.

Derbyshire County Council will ultimately decide that part of the application and were formally asking district councillors for their views.

And Bolsover members were unanimous agreeing that the scheme is a major opportunity for a community still suffering the effects of the collapse of the mining industry.

The proposed scheme will transform around 26 hectares of land and will also create conservation areas and scenic public open spaces alongside the industrial development.

This week Shirebrook Town Council chairman Steve Fritchley welcomed the plans telling Chad: "It's got to be a good thing. The landscaping will alter the profile of the town. We applaud it and we encourage any landscape and environmental improvements.

"We also encourage anything that will bring jobs into the area."

Last week's proposal will see mineral extraction from the site over two-and-a-half-years -including red shale, coal rich material and limestone.

Removal of the limestone is necessary to achieve finished ground levels, while the shale and coal will be exported to external agencies with the revenue gained used to reduce the overall cost of the scheme.

The site to the southeast of Shirebrook also includes Hardwick Farm, the former Severn Trent Sewage Works, and allotments adjacent to South Avenue - but not the existing business park or gas power generator.