Nottingham

Row over Ollerton Colliery memorial at Tesco store

A row has broken out between campaigners and a supermarket over plans for a memorial on the site of a former Nottinghamshire colliery.

Campaigners want to put the memorial at the entrance to Tesco in Ollerton, which was built on the former pit.

But the retailer said the chosen site might not be suitable because access was required for underground cabling.

Tesco said a survey of the proposed site was needed before any work could begin.

Local councillor Stan Crawford said: "We have had site meetings with representatives from Tesco and explained the situation, but so far have met with resistance.

"There's no need for a survey because we've got the original surveys from when the pipes and ducts were put in," he said.

Campaigners want the proposed memorial, a headstock wheel, to act as a tribute to the miners who worked and died at the colliery, which closed in 1994.

A spokesman for the supermarket said: "Tesco is committed to working with Ollerton and Boughton Town Council to find a space for a miners' memorial at our new Ollerton store.

"We recognise how important this is for residents who live locally and confirm that we will work with them to find a suitable site within the store boundary.

"We have a date in the diary to meet with the town council and hope to have an agreement on the position of the memorial in the coming weeks."

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