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                                                                                       illagers have launched a £350,000   £350,000 although pubic funds could help.
                                                                                   Vcampaign to save their pub - saying it   One supporter is intensive care nurse Faith
       December 2021        Written by the community for the community             helped rebuild the community after Covid.  Hutchinson-Welch, 49, who worked through
                                                                                   It has a skittles team, football club, a Knit
                                                                                                                         Covid and said: “This pub has been a life
       Where people tell their stories      No. 76       50p where sold  and Natter group for OAPs, hosts meet-  saver after that.
       Cheering our readers in Ilkeston and surrounding districts                  ings of motor scooter lovers and caters for   “The social aspect, getting back and seeing
                                                                                   walkers.                              friends, that has been so good for everyone.”
       Fears that Cotmanhay and Kirk Hallam green                                  But locals fear bulldozers will flatten the   Derek Chapman, 87, lives on the other side
                                                                                                                         of Awsworth Lane and has used the pub for
                                                                                   Gardeners’ Inn to make way for homes on
        spaces are going to be sacrificed for housing                              the site, which is in Cossall but only yards   nearly 60 years.
                                                                                   from the border with Awsworth.
       Our vanishing                                                               The building was recently bought by devel-  here quiet and talk. I missed that with Covid.”
                                                                                                                         He said: “Everyone is friendly. You can sit
                                                                                   opers and the pub’s “asset of community
                                                                                                                         Project manager Arthur Poole, 63, is a mem-
                                                                                   value” was not renewed, despite the efforts
                                                                                                                         ber of the skittles team and said: “Everyone
                                                                                   of CAMRA, the Campaign for Real Ale,
                                                                                                                         uses it as a meeting place. It’s friendly and
                                                                                   which wanted to protect it. Broxtowe Bor-
                                                                                                                         there are not many skittles teams left.”
            countryside                                                            ough Council has not yet received a plan-  Scooter enthusiast Lee Godfrey, 54, said:
                                                                                   ning application for house building.
                                                                                                                         “This is not just a pub, it is the heart of the
                                                                                   The council’s leader Milan Radulovic at-
                                                                                                                         village, a social place to meet.”
                                                                                                                         When the East Midlands Scooter Alliance
                                                                                   tended a meeting of regulars and told them:
                                                                                   “The only way to protect it in the long term
                                                                                   is to have ownership of it.           visits, up to 400 rare machines line up in the
                                                                                                                         car park.
                                                                                   “There are problems with fighting to have it   Paul Aram, 43, is manager of Gardeners
           vital meeting on Ilkeston’s future                                      declared a community interest building. It is   FC, which plays in the Long Eaton Sunday
       A is set to be moved out of town - to      Ilkeston side of                 extremely difficult, the legislation is fraught.  League. The club has 30 members and he
                                                                                   “The obvious one is to try and buy it and run  fears the loss of the pub would halt plans to
       the dismay of opposition councillors.  Erewash  seems to                    it on behalf of the community. You could do   have a youth team.
       It will deal with moves to build houses near                                that.”                                He added: “The players meet here and Sue
       a nature reserve and in woodland on the   be lined up to take               Landlady Sue Maxwell, 50, told the meet-  puts on food for us after games.”
       fringes of Cotmanhay.                                                       ing: “That is a really good prospect for us.”  At school times, parents use the car park as
       Erewash regeneration spokesman Michael      the biggest hit                 Her lease is expected to run out in February   a dropping off point for pupils of Awsworth
       Powell said they had “nothing to hide” but                                  but villagers are now launching a fund-rais-  Primary, to avoid causing traffic jams. Six
       the document is unlikely to be ready to                                     ing campaign to buy the pub. It could cost   people work at the pub.
       discuss at the next meeting.          “We should be preserving trees which take
       Conservative cllr Powell said: “We are run-  carbon out of the air. If they plant new trees,
       ning a little bit behind. There is no problem,   it takes a generation to become effective.
       we have a little more work to do on the   “This nature reserve is important for Kirk
       report. It is not right to rush it.   Hallam. People go there to look for bats and
       “This is the one thing ordinary people are   other wildlife. Some people fish there and it
       most likely to be interested in and there is   needs protection from development which
       no question that we have anything to hide.  would be close by.”
       “It is easy to say we should not build houses   His worries were echoed by cllr James
       in the green belt. In an ideal world, that is   Dawson, deputy Labour opposition leader
       correct but we are not in an ideal world.”  who represents an area near woods which
       Kirk Hallam Labour councillor John Frudd   may be lost to housing around Cotmanhay.
       had hoped the core strategy would be dis-  He said that Ilkeston appeared to have been
       cussed when the council meets at Ilkeston   lined up to provide most of the 6,000 new
       Town Hall on 9th December.  The next   homes which the government says should
       meeting will be in Long Eaton in January.  come to the borough.
       He feared that could deter protestors who   Cllr Dawson said: “It is important to make
       are worried that a new road and housing   sure it is equitable in its distribution and that
       estate would harm wildlife on the nearby   one community is not disadvantaged.”
       Pioneer Meadows nature reserve.       He also feared that developers would not be
       Cllr Frudd said: “I am very concerned about   able to meet the bill for schools and better
       the possible delay which the cynic in me   roads needed for a bigger population.
       suggests could muddy the waters.
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