Residents await news about community

RAVENSWOOD residents are today anxiously waiting for more news on the exact details of a £23m district centre for their estate.More than 70 residents packed out the hall in Gainsborough Sports Centre to hear a presentation by developers from the Ashwell Group.

RAVENSWOOD residents are today anxiously waiting for more news on the exact details of a £23m district centre for their estate.

More than 70 residents packed out the hall in Gainsborough Sports Centre to hear a presentation by developers from the Ashwell Group.

Plans for the new district centre include two supermarkets, a fast food restaurant, a pub restaurant and other shops, but at the meeting last night the developers told of some proposed changes.

Ginny Waterworth, chairman of the Ravenswood Residents Association, said: "It was the busiest meeting we have ever had.

"People were having to stand up at the back because we ran out of seats.

"One of the things that concerned people the most was a proposal by Ashwell to get rid of the pub from the plans and replace it with more flats.

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"Ashwell said the pub was not commercially viable, but we are very worried about the problems that extra flats would bring."

Concerns were also raised by residents about the proposed drive-through fast food restaurant on the site.

Mrs Waterworth said the group are hopeful that a compromise can be found with the developers, and that one of the ideas muted was to keep the pub restaurant but lose the drive-through area.

She said: "I think the developers realised that their proposition to completely lose the pub did not meet with public approval.

"Obviously they need to make a commercial profit on the project, and we understand that, but we are hopeful of a solution where they can make the money they want and we can get the facilities we want.

"It is just a case of waiting to see what happens now."

The developers from Ashwell said they would go away and look at the plans again, taking into account the feedback they received at the meeting.

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