Further to concerns from local residents I have been speaking with executives at Midland Cooperative Society, who own The Oak.
A number of residents have reported to me that people have been seen onsite at the disused pub and lights have been seen switched on. MCS have informed me that they have had a number of professional consultants working at the property over the past few weeks however they will ensure that the site is inspected today to make sure it is secure.
MCS have also confirmed to me that whilst they are not in a position to publicise their final plans at this point they are hopeful, subject to planning permission being granted, that construction work on redeveloping the site will commence before Christmas 2014.
I will keep local residents informed with information as it becomes available to me.
Update: 12:29 PM 8 August
Further to my earlier post I have had another telephone conversation with an executive at MCS.
I have been advised that I had been provided with some incorrect information regarding The Oak.
Whilst MCS are committed to developing The Oak site there are still commercially sensitive issues which need to be resolved prior to work commencing. It is unlikely that redevelopment work at The Oak will commence before Christmas 2014.
As local residents will also be aware MCS own the former Sports and Social Club site in Whitwick Market Place. It is this site which is hoped to commence prior to Christmas 2014.