New Stanton idea to be put to public

NILALM110914A1 - Cllr Frank Phillips and Ilkeston chamber of trade president David Thorpe
NILALM110914A1 - Cllr Frank Phillips and Ilkeston chamber of trade president David Thorpe

AN ALTERNATIVE plan for the Stanton site, including a marina, hamlets and the creation of a 1,000 jobs, will be discussed at a meeting hosted by campaign group Green Squeeze next week.

Dr Geraint Coles, who has put forward the plan, has worked on a similar project in Chesterfield and will speak at the event.

His idea features small hamlets linked by waterways and would see land handed over to businesses to create up to 1,000 jobs as well as green space and visitor attractions.

Paul Harvey, Green Squeeze chairman, said: “Green Squeeze are merely hosting the event but that said it is the most viable alternative we’ve seen so far.

“We feel the general public would like to see the site put to better use and this idea would achieve that.

“We’re not saying we have all the answers but the meeting will hopefully see members of the public, councillors, commerce and St Gobain coming together to talk about the options available on the site.

“We’re really excited about this idea.”

Dr Geraint Coles, who has put forward the plan, has worked on a similar project in Chesterfield.

The design sees small hamlets linked by waterways and would see land handed over to businesses to create up to 1,000 jobs as well as green space and visitor attractions.

Leader of Erewash Borough Council, Cllr Chris Corbett, said: “I’ve heard of this proposal and from what I do know of it, it sounds a good idea.

“I know the man behind the idea has done well in Chesterfield so I think it’s a good thing that the public can hear him speak.

“It really is a matter for the developers but it will be good for people to hear more and put some flesh on the bones.”

Frank Phillips, deputy leader of the opposition, said: “This idea shows what the future could be.

“A marina would put Erewash on the map, attract a certain type of skill and industry and would be a very valuable amenity for the Stanton development and the area as a whole.

“It certainly has a lot of merit.”

The meeting will take place at the performing arts centre, Friesland School, Sandiacre, Thursday, Nov 24, at 7.30pm.