Tearooms could ‘take another two years’

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The unveiling of Belper’s new Swiss tearooms could still be more than two years away, according to one councillor.

The leader of Belper Town Council, John Nelson, was speaking after several letters to the Belper News speculating when the project would be completed.

Plans for the £400,000 replacement tearooms at Belper River Gardens were approved by Amber Valley Borough Council last November following a public consultation in early 2011. However, works are yet to get underway. The old tearooms have been boarded-up for years.

Cllr Nelson said the contruction project on the new tearooms was time consuming due to the fact every business that has shown an interest in the project had to be consulted and new sewers had to be installed before work gets underway.

He said: “Once all these behind the scenes details have been finalised then work can begin. We will only get one shot at this and we want it to be sustainable - not rushed. The original designs were thrown out by English Heritage which also delayed the project.

“Once building is underway it should take about nine to 12 months to complete.”