Local MP gives thumbs up to ‘safer’ barrier thanks to Woodhead

MP for Sherwood, Mark Spencer, has praised Construction Company, Robert Woodhead Ltd’s response to the Edwinstowe community when they showed concern over the safety of a pedestrian crossing in the North Nottinghamshire village.

The crossing connects the car park for the Sherwood Forest Visitor Centre to the tourist attraction itself.

Woodhead is currently responsible for the build of the fantastic new Sherwood Forest Visitor Centre, set to open in 2018. The centre will include information about the legendary tales of Robin Hood, and the local environment and wildlife.

Nottinghamshire County Council is working together with the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB), which heads a partnership to bring this state-of-the-art and impressive building to the local area, in the hope that it will help to inspire and entertain anyone who visits from nearby to further afield. Other partners include The Sherwood Forest Trust, Thoresby Estate, Continuum Attractions and the Woodland Trust.

The new centre, based in Forest Corner just outside the village of Edwinstowe, will include a shop and café, with a terrace and amphitheatre outside. Plans feature the addition of a brand new play area with a Robin Hood theme.

Woodhead installed the new pedestrian barrier to improve safety at the crossing.

Woodhead’s Project Manager for the scheme, Sue Hunter, said: “We were only too happy to help Mark Spencer and the local community with their request. We always aim to do what we can to support the surrounding community and enhance the local environment when we’re working on any site, so it’s great to be able to have such an impact – and of course the new barrier is a huge benefit and safety measure for the competed visitor centre itself.”

Mark Spencer, MP for Sherwood added: “I am really pleased and would like to thank the team at Woodhead for how they have responded so willingly and quickly to our request. This crossing was a real concern to the local residents, but now this barrier should make a huge difference to the safety of those visiting this fantastic new centre which will be a great edition to the tourism industry in Nottinghamshire.”

Ross Frazer, RSPB’s project manager for the new visitor centre, said; “I was impressed with the swift and positive way that Woodhead dealt with this concern about safety, which is absolutely paramount to everyone working on this project.”

For more information about the project, please go to www.visitsherwood.co.uk