Editor’s comment: Has Worksop finally turned the corner?

Worksop town centre
Worksop town centre

Has Worksop’s economy finally turned the corner?

It’s a question which has been asked many times before by community leaders and business chiefs in the town.

And Worksop has seen more than a few false dawns over the last few decades.

But the town and surrounding area has seen enough good news about investment, jobs and development in the last few months to ask the question again.

A £100million investment at Manton is to bring 1,200 jobs to the area, the council is working hard to develop a key regeneration site in the town centre after buying it at auction and there is a multi-million pound development at Worksop College on the horizon.

Just this week we can also reveal that an initial further 50 new jobs will be created thanks to the development of a new factory by worldwide food giant Cerealto.

Perhaps even more crucially, the county council has delivered a gleaming new bus station to bring more visitors to the town centre.

Could these crucial developments finally allow Worksop to move away from its troubled past and the decimation of its former mining-based economy?

Can we finally look forward to fewer empty shops and a more attractive and vibrant town centre?

After all, everyone in the town knows Worksop has a great deal going for it.

Our location close to the M1, A1, East Cost Mainline and Robin Hood Airport makes it a great place to do business.

And the town also benefits from being close to major urban centres like Sheffield and Nottingham.

Hopefully the host of new developments will finally see Worksop making the most of these advantages.