There has been some activity on the site this week, with visits from roofers & builders. who have come give us quotations for the work that we want to do to create a new 'tourist offering' for Bolsover, and business opportunities for small businesses in the town & surrounding area.
Where there has been no activity is in the confines of the District Council, from whom we still await a response to our enquiry relating to 'planning permission'.
A slight glimmer of hope comes from one Bolsover District Councillor to whom I wrote asking for their help & support for what we are trying to do. She has come back to me & asked for actual names of people at the Council who I have spoken to or written to. So, if you have met me recently, or received an email from me, then your name was on the list.
The real problem at the moment is not being able to make the buildings watertight & secure. All we want to do it to get the roof repaired on the big workshop & put doors on all of the outbuildings to make them secure. Not really too much to ask, but as yet no firm indication that we can do that whilst the wheels of the Council grind along.
Despite all of this we remain confident that progress can be made, but it may have to go at the pace of the local authority, rather than the pace of the entrepreneurs who want to get on with making buildings that have stood empty & falling into disrepair for 98 years into something exciting for Bolsover & surrounding area