PLANS to sell a car park in Warsop to developers will completely kill the High Street, local businesses have warned.
Nottinghamshire County Council is auctioning off the car park and shop unit, formerly Mr Maggot fishing tackle, at the top of the High Street next to the library.
Until now the area has been used as a car park for shoppers and library users.
Warsop Parish Council offered to by the land for £30,000 to keep it as a car park but the offer was refused.
It will now be auctioned as potential development land.
Trevor Hayes who runs Spencers Hardware is adamant the loss of the car park will kill off businesses in the High Street
He said: “If that car park is sold for development you might as well shut every shop in Warsop.
“Parking is the biggest issue for all businesses and Warsop will not grow if we get rid of the car park.
“We are fighting to keep Warsop alive. I’ve invested a lot of money in this shop, it’s 115 years old and one of the oldest in the area. It is imperative that car park is not sold for development. If it is we might as well say goodbye to the High Street.”
Parish councillor John Allin, who is also county councillor for Warsop, fears they don’t have enough money to out-bid developers.
He said: “If it is sold to a developer and lost as a car park, it would have a devastating effect on businesses.
“Members of the parish council will attend the auction to try and purchase the car park but concerns are it will make more than the parish council can afford and it will be lost as a car park for the people of Warsop.”
Coun Allin thinks the county council is simply trying to put some money in the coffers by selling the land.
He added: “According to the county council, the car park is under-used and surplus to requirements. It is not surplus to Warsop’s requirements.
“It seems they are trying to get the best price they can.”
Coun Reg Adair, Nottinghamshire County Council’s Cabinet Member for Finance and Property, said: “The county council no longer has a use for this land and the adjacent lock-up shop which the authority also owns.
“Warsop Parish Council was given the first opportunity to make an offer which was rejected as it was below the estimate value from local estate agents.
“The council is now selling the land and shop by auction as it will help ensure we get the best price for it in the interests of Nottinghamshire taxpayers.
“The land and property has a guide price of £30,000 to £40,000, but the council expects to achieve a figure well in excess of this.
“We also welcome bids from Warsop Parish Council.”
The auction will be held at Nottingham Racecourse on Thursday 17th May.