£100K for posh new pad for colliery bats in Cinderford
Councillors are set to spend up to £100,000 on a new home for protected bats.
Forest of Dean District Council’s cabinet is being asked to splash out a maximum of £2,000 a year in rent for 50 years for new bat roosts.
It’s because their existing roosts in derelict buildings will go when they’re demolished to make way for a major supermarket, business park and college redevelopment.
The cabinet is being asked to approve a lease agreement with the Forestry Commission subject to a maximum annual rent of £2,000, and the construction and maintenance of two bat roost buildings and two night roost structures.
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The Homes and Communities Agency will foot the bill.
Currently the bats roost in a building on the former Northern United Colliery site off the A4136 between Hawkwell and Brierley.
Some buildings have already been flattened but others can’t yet because of the bats.
The buildings they are in will eventually be flattened for the Northern Quarter development.
Asda and the Co-op are currently mired in a legal battle over Asda’s proposed new store on a site known as the Cinderford Northern Quarter.
The council has been told by the Forestry Commission that it will need compensation for the lost revenue from timber felling for the bat roost sites, which will come to £2,000 a year.
The cabinet will meet tomorrow, and leader Patrick Molyneux said keeping the bats and bringing new species to the Forest of Dean is important.
“At the moment there are greater and lesser horseshoe bats but the roosts could attract other species,” he said.
“On the face of it, £100,000 seems a like a lot of money but it is set against the huge investment which is to come in there, and the preservation of biodiversity in the Forest of Dean over a long period of time.
“New roosts are likely to attract other species of bat too, and promoting biodiversity is a very important part of what the Forest of Dean is about.”