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Group bid to save Clipstone pit headstocks

Tegan Pringle
Tegan Pringle wants the headstocks and winding house to be regenerated

A campaign group has been set up to save headstocks at a former pit in Nottinghamshire.

The 200ft (61m) headstocks at Clipstone are Grade II listed and have remained since the pit closed in 2003.

The Coal Authority has now applied to Newark and Sherwood District Council to get the headstocks' listed status removed so they can be pulled down.

Resident Tegan Pringle has set up a group to save them. English Heritage has the final say on the delisting.

'Future generations'

Ms Pringle, chairwoman of the Clipstone Colliery regeneration group, wants the headstocks and winding house to be regenerated for the community, although the group has no formal business plan or funding in place.

She said: "We're planning to apply to the Heritage Lottery Fund.

"They will give grants to buy land to fund projects that help future generations learn about their heritage."

But some residents say the site is attracting vandals and want the headstocks to come down.

Judy Speed said: "No matter what they do, nobody will spend the money on them that's needed.

"It should be cleared. Probably some houses and a park for the children should be built there."

English Heritage has said it wants more effort to made to find a new use for the headstocks.

A spokesman said: "We have consistently explained the need for a full and proper marketing campaign in line with planning policy guidance and to ensure that every effort for the retention of the headstocks has been thoroughly explored."

A vote was taken in the village shortly after the pit closed and the majority of residents voted for the headstocks to come down.

A spokesman for the Coal Authority, which leases the site, said it wanted the headstocks to be delisted so they could be taken down to fulfil the wishes of local residents.

He said the site would then be passed over to the freeholder Welbeck Estates to determine what is done with it in the future.

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