Residents have just days to object to Teversal Grange demolition

Teversal Grange Country Inn which is due to be demolished

Teversal Grange Country Inn which is due to be demolished

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The controversial demolition of one of Ashfield’s landmark buildings looks set to go ahead.

Ashfield District Council has submitted a planning application for the demolition of Teversal Grange Country Inn.

Residents have just one day left to object to the demolition and must do so in writing by thursday 18th September.

A decision to demolish the building was ratified at a full meeting of Ashfield District Council on 24th July.

The authority said it was keeping the door open for a last minute offer to take over and operate the mothballed club which has been blighted by financial problems and vandalism.

Demolishing the former pub and restaurant is part of a plan to give the Teversal football bowls and cricket clubs their own leases so they can attract funding to build their own facilities.

Labour Councillor Jim Aspinall said the council could not afford the estimated £150,000 needed to bring it up to scratch and there had been no real offers to take it on.

He said : “We are about to give the sports clubs their leases. They have said they are delighted.”

Liberal Democrat Coun Jason Zadrozny is opposing the demolition saying the council has not done enough to explore the possibility of keeping it open and attracting potential applicants.

This week businessman Chris Hackett, who had proposed turning Teversal Grange into a snooker club said :”I have decided not to go ahead.

“We never had a meeting , it was so hard to get in touch with the council.”