It has been fairly quiet as will become clearer later, but there have been some developments, that suggest we might be making some progress, even at a snails pace.
We have received our first quotation for work on the refurbishment, and so now we have a 'benchmark' against which to measure others as they come in.
You will not be surprised to hear that we have received no reply from Development Control of Bolsover District Council asking for - "an informal comment on planning, conservation & highways aspect, prior to submitting a full application"
However, our contacts with local Councillors has resulted in one of them asking to visit the 'site' to have a look at the buildings & talk about what we are planning. Now isn't that the sort of thing you might expect a Planning Officer to do?
That visit is scheduled in for this coming weekend, so I am hopeful of some positive outcomes from it.
I think we have finally managed to get the the tenant of the adjacent flat to understand that she only has right of pedestrian passage across our land, and no right to park vehicles, and the lady who feeds the cat in the Yard has relocated her 'feeding station' away from the property!
Yesterday, I spoke to a local builder & asked if he would like to come & give us a quote for more of the refurbishment work we need to do. He said that he would get back to me in half to one hour to confirm a day & time. That was YESTERDAY - and still the phone remains silent. Do people want work or not? We had a visit from a builder last week who made it obvious that he was not interested in the work, within the first few minutes of his arrival.
So , if you are reading this & you are a builder, and want some work then get in touch using the Contact page on this website, and we can arrange to meet.
I am 'chomping at the bit' to get on with this project, but at the moment can only 'twiddle my thumbs' whilst the wheels of bureaucracy slowly turn.
Well perhaps by the next time things will have sprung into action - but a bit like Spring this year - it is taking a long time to 'get springing!'