Kings’ Park, Retford
On Thursday afternoon, a tragic incident in
Kings’ Park, Retford resulted in the death of a man as severe winds
and gales hit the district and caused a number of trees to be
The man, who has now been named by
Nottinghamshire Police as John Arthur White, was travelling through
the park on a motorised scooter at around 1.50pm when he was struck
by a falling tree. An ambulance attended but, sadly, the
83-year-old was pronounced dead at the scene.
Our thoughts and condolences go out to his
family and friends.
As a precaution, Kings’ Park will remain
closed for the remainder of today. (6th December, 2013)
and we are hoping to complete all necessary works to have the main
part of the park open over the weekend.
However, the footpath that exits the park onto
Cobwell Road and gives access to the ball court and skatepark on
the Celery Field will remain closed until next week for further
Once the trees have been cleared we will be
working with Nottinghamshire County Council to ensure that the
footpath is safe before re-opening it to the public. Residents are
asked not to try and access the footpath and the Celery Field until
We also have teams working in various
locations around the District to ensure the safety of the public.
As a result we have now successfully re-opened Retford and Worksop
Cemeteries in order for services to proceed today. In addition, the
remainder of the District’s parks and open spaces have also been
re-opened along with Retford Market Square.
Flags will be flown at half-mast across
Bassetlaw today in honour of the former South African president and
Nobel Peace Prize Winner Nelson Mandela, who died yesterday. Books
of Condolence are available to sign in the One Stop Shops at both
Retford and Worksop Town Halls.
Cllr Simon Greaves, Leader of Bassetlaw
District Council said:
“Nelson Mandela will be forever associated
with the fight for equality, freedom and democracy. His dignity in
the face of oppression and his capacity for forgiveness and
reconciliation is an inspiration to us all. The world has lost a
Have Your Say…..
Bassetlaw residents can have their say on a number of different
consultations that are currently underway.
Summer in the Park - Competition Winners
The competitions winning photographs can be seen on the Parks and Open Spaces page.
Small Business Saturday
The UK is celebrating its first Small Business Saturday on 7
December 2013. This is a great chance for businesses to
promote themselves and generate trade.
More information is available on the
Due to essential maintenance work the connection to the
Councils’ website will be lost for approximately 10
minutes between midnight and 6 am on Friday
13th December 2013.
We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.
Last Updated - 06/12/2013