Time to end saga
7:57am Thu Jan 12, 2017

WE ARE less than two weeks into 2017, but fears have already been expressed that it could be as long as two years before the sorry saga of Newark’s Robin Hood Hotel reaches a conclusion.

What must people think when they see the dilapidated remains on the corner of Beaumond Cross?

From the people who live here to visitors to the town, all must wonder why nothing has been achieved in the way of meaningful progress.

The only noticeable change since the completion of the Potterdyke redevelopment is that the three Georgian townhouses, which formed the front of the hotel and are listed for protection, are decaying further.

An argument can be made that the site owners and developers, MF Strawson, and the planning authority, Newark and Sherwood District Council, carry an element of collective responsibility for allowing this to drag on for so long.

Revised plans have now been drawn up for a 66-bed Travelodge, first revealed in the Advertiser in June last year, which included the demolition of the townhouses.

When the latest plans were discussed by the town council planning committee, it was claimed the amended application could be the beginning of a two-year planning process.

It might be a little late, but how about a new year resolution to sort this out once and for all?

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