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Newark’s bus station will remain on the Potterdyke site but will be smaller than the current one, it was revealed this week.

The news will be welcomed by campaigners who opposed proposals to move the station to The Wharf, which was suggested by Newark and Sherwood District Council as the only possible alternative.

Finding a place for the bus station has delayed plans by the Asda Consortium to redevelop the Potterdyke site, off Lombard Street.

Nottinghamshire County Council had said the station could not remain there because it would cause traffic problems.

They did not want cars, buses and delivery vehicles to share accesses.

The suggestion of The Wharf, however, prompted a public outcry from people living and working nearby, and from bus users.

A survey found that 74% of people wanted the station to remain where it was.

In January the district council leader, Mr Tony Roberts, said talks with the county council and its leader, Mr David Kirkham, resulted in county council officers looking again at whether buses could use the Potterdyke.

On Monday, the deputy leader of the district council, Mr Roger Blaney, told the policy overview and scrutiny committee that a fresh planning application by the Asda Consortium was expected within weeks, and this would incorporate a bus station on the site.

He said the station would be smaller because the county council had cut the number of bus bays from six to five.

It had also recognised that a lay-off area for buses not in use could be provided elsewhere.

Mrs Gill Dawn was disappointed that no one from the county council had been prepared to talk to them about the situation.

“I think we should still ask them and if they won’t come to us then tell them that a delegation will come to them,” she said.

She said a meeting would clear the air.

Mrs Christine Rose was concerned at the prospect of a smaller station when 5,000 homes could be built under the Newark Growth Point proposals.

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