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Gainsborough: Plans are still not in place for Elswitha Quarter

These are the blueprint plans for the Elswitha Quarter development, showing the proposed site for a new cinema, restaurant, shops and Whitton's Gardens hotel.

These are the blueprint plans for the Elswitha Quarter development, showing the proposed site for a new cinema, restaurant, shops and Whitton's Gardens hotel.

Plans for Elswitha Quarter are still up in the air after plans for a hotel on the site fell through last year.

The original plans for Elswitha Quarter included a hotel, cinema and bowling alley.

The plans for the area have been controversial from the start, with campaigners angry that the development would spill across the road from the Old Guildhall site into Whittons Gardens.

In September last year West Lindsey District Council and developers failed to secure a hotel for the site and then The Old Guildhall was demolished in October last year after the council were given the go ahead by The Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government.

While decisions are made on how the land will be developed the council commissioned Groundworks Lincolnshire to landscape the former council office known as the Old Guildhall.

A West Lindsey District Council spokesman said: “The landscaping is a temporary measure to improve the appearance of the cleared site.”

“The council is developing regeneration options for the town which include this site.”

“Once the preferred options have been agreed there will be further consultation.”

Gainsborough could still be getting a hotel, despite the plans for Elwitha Quarter falling through, after plans were submitted for a 52 room hotel at the former Sun Hotel site in North Street in to West Lindsey District Council in April.

Chairman of the Trinity Action Group, Ian Mills, said: “I would like to see Whittons Gardens left for what it is intended for which is public use.”

“We have to have some green space around Gainsborough for people to enjoy.”

“More business is nice and makes people properous but they do have to relax at some point.”

“I am not against having a hotel in Gainsborough but I don’t want someone to build a hotel and it not take off and then we end up with another demolition site.”

“I am led to believe that Whittons Gardens was left by the Whitton family to the people of Gainsborough so I believe it should be left as it is for people to enjoy.”

• How would you like to see the Eswitha Quarter developed? Email us at newsroom@gainsboroughstandard.co.uk and write to us at Britannia House, Marshall’s Yard, Gainsborough DN21 2NA.

 

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