Buildings demolished to make way for new inner relief road

To make way for the new inner relief road and pedestrianisation of High Street in Hucknall properties in Baker Street have been demolished.

The buildings in Baker Street were covered with murals which were removed and will be reinstated beneath the railway bridge in the town once renovation work on that has been completed.

Properties in Baker Street, Hucknall, have been demolished

Properties in Baker Street, Hucknall, have been demolished

Nottinghamshire County Councillor and representative of the Hucknall First Community Forum, Coun John Wilmott, said: “It is the passing of an era and the area is full of nostalgia.

“We remember some of the businesses that have been in that area of Hucknall including Lakes Chemist and many of Hucknall’s residents will remember getting some advice from Mr Lake on which remedy you will require to get you better from your illness.

“We all now have to look to the future and let’s hope that this new development will breathe new life into Hucknall’s town centre.”

An inner relief road for Hucknall has been on the wish-list for the past 50 years.

The final go-ahead came last spring when the government announced that the Department for Transport will provide £8.5 million of funding which will help transform the centre of Hucknall, with sections of the High Street pedestrianised and the new road and junctions built to reduce congestion in the town.

The remainder of the £12 million project is being funded by Nottinghamshire County Council and Ashfield District Council.

Work began in August and is expected to be completed in January 2017.

The scheme aims to reduce congestion, create an attractive shopping centre, attract new retailers and promote the regeneration of Hucknall.

The scheme will also incorporate flood relief measures designed to improve some of the problems that have been experienced in the town in recent years.

As part of the scheme a new road from Station Road/Ashgate Road to Baker Street/Annesley Road will be built, taking thousands of vehicles a day away from the high street.

This will allow a pedestrian zone to be created along the high street between Baker Street and Watnall Road.