To paraphrase a famous saying: ‘You wait for one hotel, then two come at once.’
The news that two such establishments are being planned for our town, and in fairly close proximity to one another, is surprising to say the least.
I say this because the question needing to be asked is whether there is sufficient demand from people living away from here for so much more overnight accommodation in Mansfield? I think unfortunately that the answer to that question is ‘No’.
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We are not a centre for commerce or industry, nor are we a magnet for tourists despite being close to Robin Hood’s Sherwood Forest, and a number of stately homes. Some years ago, I recall that a tourist bus used to visit Mansfield on a Sunday afternoon and only in summer months. That venture was not successful and the service was cancelled, never to return.
I do hope that, if built, the new hotels will be successful, but with the present state of our town I fear that they will face little take up from the public for their bedrooms. I hope I am wrong.
I know many fellow readers will say there are too many empty spaces in and around the town centre and filling one (the old bus station) with a modern building has got to be an improvement. I think it’s more complicated than that because any new venture must be a success as failure would reflect badly on the image of our special town.