Nottinghamshire County Council in partnership with the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds have colluded to build a new but long overdue Visitor Centre on a section of ground within the Sherwood Forest Country Park known as Forest Corner.
The partners could not have selected a worse possible site if they had tried, the Council some years ago purchased a file across the road from the Forest purposely to build a Visitor Centre on, this field being known as Naishes Field. The site was ideal for that purpose save that it was using valuable prime farm land, but nevertheless was ideal as it was out of harms way for residents and plenty of room for development as a Visitor Centre and Car Parking.
The development on Forest Corner only requires a small section of Naishes Field to be used as a car park leaving about 30 acres of prime farm land to develop as they wish wether it be for Enviromental or Housing purposes, should the land be used for Housing then it will reap huge profits for the Council.
The Forest Corner Development will cause considerable harm to the Forest and the Community, there is a Cemetry to the top of the Cul-de-sac when the build is proposed with an acess road that is a total disgrace. Anyone wanting to visit the Cemetery or attend an interment will have to join the masses in the que for the Visitor Centre, with no room for any alternater acess.
Local residents on an adjacent housing estate will have to suffer car owners parking on the Estate to evade parking fees for the Forest and subsequent loss of property values, which could exceed the sum total of the new Visitor Centre Development costs.
Other problems will exist including main roads being blocked with Visitors due to acess problems etc etc.
We have tried to convince the two partners that building on Naishes Field would avoid all this harm to the Community and the Forest but it has all fallen on deaf ears, they are determined to see this development through regardless, your help by donating to this cause will maen we can better oppose this delelopment for the better option and possibly make your visit to Sherwood Forest a far better on with Camp sites and other facilities that are not being thought of due to the inept approach towards this project.
Donations large or small are welcomed, Thank You.
Friends of Sherwood Forest Founder and Governor.