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To: Nottinghamshire County Council + RSPB
Save Sherwood Forest NNR
We the undersigned request that the Nottinghamshire County Council and their partners the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds reconsider their plans to build a Visitor Centre just outside the forest SSSi area on a plot of land known as Forest Corner a part of Sherwood Forest ( NNR ) National Nature Reserve. We further consider that the decision to site the Visitor Centre was not only made in desperation but was largely influenced by financial dealings that took precedence over all other matters relating to the Cultural and Environmental background of this rare part of Sherwood Forest.
Why is this important?
The area of concern has played host to a FunFair that has a long and glowing reputation for providing not only recreation for children but also has in the past raised money for the war effort and even managed to purchase a Spitfire Fighter for the War effort. Alongside the Fair can be found the Cricket pitch and Pavilion which is in use during the Cricket season and is very much a part of Village life.
Had the Council had the necessary foresight they would have proposed to build the Centre on land especially purchased for this venture i.e. Naishes field across the road from the NNR site and out of harms way. There are several options available on this site for developing the Centre including one option that would utilise an underpass to keep visitors away from crossing Swincoate road.
Bear in mind the Council in it's infinite wisdom failed to get the last centre built without causing serious problems even to the extent of building over the roots of several Veteran Oak Trees, at least one has since died. They also failed to take account of disabled persons and access to the forest and that even today have failed to rectify matters.
Please give your support to this petition and help the forest and NNR to stay intact for future generations to come.
Thank You from all concerned.
How it will be delivered
In person to Nottinghamshire County Council.