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Rainworth (Nottinghamshire)

Rainworth shown within Nottinghamshire
Population 7,829
OS grid reference SK586584
District Newark and Sherwood & Mansfield
Shire county Nottinghamshire
Region East Midlands
Constituent country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Postcode district NG21
Dialling code 01623
Police Nottinghamshire
Fire Nottinghamshire
Ambulance East Midlands
European Parliament East Midlands
UK Parliament Mansfieldand [Sherwood [1]]
List of places: UKEnglandNottinghamshire

Coordinates: 53°07'11?N 1°07'25?W? / ?53.1197, -1.1235


[edit] Geography

Main road through Rainworth
Main road through Rainworth

Rainworth is a village which is split between the Newark and Sherwood and the Mansfield districts of Nottinghamshire, England. To the north of Rainworth is the village of Clipstone and to the east are the villages of Bilsthorpe and Farnsfield. Mansfield lies two miles to the west. The village of Blidworth is a mile to the south. The A617 dual-carriageway bypasses the village. The roundabout at the western terminus was the starting point for the Mansfield and Ashfield Regeneration Route. The former route through the village is the B6020.

[edit] Brief History

The history of Rainworth has roots in Roman times, and Rainworth lodge was built in the 12th Century. Rainworth as a village was created in the early 1870s, 40 years before Rufford Colliery opened in 1911. The Colliery provided over 80 years of service before closing in 1993. The old site is now a wildlife conservation area, with links to the National Cycle Network which travels through Rainworth and into Sherwood Forest which intertwines the village to the North and South. Joseph Whitaker School, on Warsop Lane, next to Rainworth Leisure Centre and the Archer pub, opened in 1962. Before this Heathlands school was built on a temporary basis at the start of World War I but lasted until 2004 when a replacement was built in the village. Other pubs in Rainworth are the Lurcher on Westbrook Drive and Sherwood Inn on Kirklington Road, and Robin Hood Inn on Southwell Road East near the Co-op. Dawn House, a school for children with speech and language difficulties is also located in the village.

In 1975 killer Donald Neilson was caught by police officers helped by locals at a chip shop on Southwell Road East in the village.

[edit] Future

Rainworth is currently the focus of two controversial projects. One, designed to provide electricity to 4,700 Homes has been accepted for planning despite local objections over the location of the 125m Wind Turbines.

The other is a waste incinerator on the site of the former Rufford Colliery which is currently being proposed by Veolia Ltd, the preferred contractor for Nottinghamshire County Council. This has been met with hostile views from many local residents, concerned with the environmental impact and the increased traffic around the village.

Planning permission application has now been submitted and the first stage of consultation has taken place, comments of support and objection may still be made to Notts County Council (who you may note is the body responsible for waste disposal and who appointed the contractor in the first place!) and to the Environment Agency whose consultation ends in May 2008.

Opposition is from several local environmental groups led by People Against Incineration (PAIN)[2] who have just obtained the support[3] of David Bellamy.

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