In November 2006 Nottinghamshire CC sought residents' views about their plans for a £43m bid to redevelop the Sherwood Forest Visitor Centre but have now withdrawn details from their website. However they are still available from the BBC here.
The present facilities are scheduled to close by 2010 as an ecological measure.
Cabinet Member for Culture at Notts County Council, Councillor Chris Baron, explained "We want to put Sherwood Forest back on the map. Our plans are ambitious but respect the history and ecology of the Forest.
"We hope any investment in Sherwood Forest will also act as a catalyst for regeneration in surrounding villages and towns, providing jobs, business opportunities and major investment in the local area."
A notable point on their Further Information page included this statement that has obvious implications for Kings Clipstone, other villages and local roads:
This led to a general furore, helped by some inept handling by NCC and NSDC:"The intention is to spread the economic benefits arising from tourism by encouraging visitors to stop in nearby villages and make use of facilities, such as accommodation, local shops and pubs, as we recognise that the Sherwood Forest visitor campus should help to regenerate the wider area around it and not merely focus on the visitor centre itself. The Changing Local Landscapes and Forest recreation components are key elements of this strategy.
"The visitor centre will serve as a focal point for the Forest as a whole, to serve as an orientation and information centre for Sherwood Forest. By using the visitor campus to promote other facilities and signpost visitors to places of interest, the intention is to encourage visitors to spread out to other parts of the Forest area, or to make return visits to other parts of Sherwood.
"The rights of way component has an important role to play, as it will ensure that the various small tourism schemes in the wider Sherwood area can be reached by sustainable means, as well as enabling people living within these villages to access the Sherwood Forest visitor hub by bicycle or on foot."
- Edwinstowe residents were outraged by talk of closing the B6034, Swinecot Road, to better accommodate the tourist attraction and secured a massive vote against the scheme in a referendum.
- Road safety campaigners were outraged that anyone could consider spending so much money attracting traffic to the area but not one penny towards the long-awaited relief road or by-pass.
- Their case wasn't helped either when NCC consulted local residents about six possible designs and then ignored the findings by picking the one County Hall wanted!
- Newark and Sherwood DC fuelled the fire when all the local councillors, who knew the issues and voted against the proposal at a planning
committee were outvoted by members who didn't.
- The chosen design, nicknamed 'The Tree', would be innovative and striking landmark.
- Increased visitor numbers would be good for trade and would transform historic local villages into thriving centres for development and employment.
- The proposal created an opportunity to help to reconnect Sherwood forest.