Work starts to bulldoze welfare club in Edwinstowe

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A former welfare club in Edwinstowe is finally being torn down, although the future of the land remains uncertain.

The old Thoresby Miners’ Welfare has stood empty since 2012, when the struggling business closed due to financial difficulties.

The site on The Avenues was recently fenced off as work begins to pull the building down. Yet no plans have been submitted to Newark & Sherwood District Council, and Edwinstowe Parish Council has received no notification.

Chairman of the parish council’s planning committee, Coun Andy Freeman, said he only noticed that site had 
been fenced after Christmas.

He added: “We obviously knew something was going to happen at some point, 
but nobody has really told us anything. It would have been nice to get a phone call at 
least.

“We have not seen any planning application, but I’m sure the parish council will be extremely keen to know what will happen to that land.

“A lot of money has gone into that place from ex-miners, a lot blood, sweat and tears.

“My fear is it will be sold off as housing. Personally, I would like to see a community facility that will give something back to the people.

“It was a loss to the community in the first place because it was well used facility, as far as local groups were concerned, but unfortunately that didn’t bring in the money.”

The building is owned by the Coal Industry Social Welfare Organisation, but nobody was available to comment as Chad went to print.