These are the plans for the proposed development of the Elswitha Quarter in Gainsborough - featuring a cinema, bowling alley, Whitton’s Gardens hotel and space for shops and restaurants.
Critics of the plans have complained about how much space the controversial hotel would take up of Whitton’s Gardens - as they were told it would be 20 per cent of the area. Meanwhile, others have welcomed the ‘positive regeneration’ of the scheme and the redevelopment of the ‘eyesore’ former Guildhall.
Also on the plans are a cinema and bowling alley earmarked for Savoy - who also run movie theatres in Nottingham and Worksop.
“I’d still like to come to Gainsborough,” Savoy Managing Director James Collington told The Standard. “We were involved in very early preliminary discussions about two or three years ago, but we haven’t heard from them since.”
Since early discussions, James said that he since opened the multiplex in Worksop.
“We moved with that because things were moving so slowly in Gainsborough, but now we’re looking for our next project,” he said. “We were in talks for a four or five screen cinema in Gainsborough with a ground-floor bowling alley. We’d love to repeat the success that we’ve had in Worksop, but we need further talks with West Lindsey District Council.”
A spokesman for West Lindsey District Council said: “The Elswitha Quarter development is an exciting opportunity for us to regenerate that part of the river front. Not only could it bring in a hotel, requested by local businesses but has the potential to bring in a cinema, restaurant and shops, making it a strong destination within the town centre. It will also bring in much needed facilities and jobs for residents and businesses in the district which is a key priority for us.”
The Standard was informed of a number of rumours that several interested parties had pulled out of the development.
Developers the Lindum Group responded by saying: “It is categorically untrue that we have withdrawn our proposals to redevelop the Elswitha Quarter. We continue to work with West Lindsey District Council to bring forward our vision for the regeneration of the area.”
Responding to rumours that Premier Inn had pulled their involvement in the development as well, a spokesperson said: “Gainsborough remains a target location for Premier Inn and we are exploring all options to secure a hotel in the town.”