Thumbs up for Hucknall regeneration

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The £12.4m regeneration plans for Hucknall town centre were given a spontaneous thumbs-up at a meeting this week.

The proposals for an inner relief road and part-pedestrianisation of High Street were discussed by the debating sub-group of Hucknall University of the Third Age (U3A) at the John Godber Centre.

A talk about the scheme was given by Paul Horn and Tom Boylan, of Nottinghamshire County Council’s highways major projects team.

In a show of hands at the end of the meeting, 18 of the 22 people present voted in favour of the plans and the other four were ‘not sure’.

Mr Horn said the section of High Street between Baker Street and Watnall Road would be made traffic-free, removing noise and fumes to create better conditions for pedestrians.

Two new roundabouts will be provided on Station Road, one of them at the junction with the new road, and the pedestrian link from the Hucknall tram stop and train station to the town centre will be greatly improved.

The Department for Transport is covering £8.5m of the cost and the rest is coming from the county council and Ashfield District Council.

In reply to a member who claimed it would be a good opportunity to get rid of parking charges in the town centre, Mr Horn said: “We need Ashfield Council to work closely with us and shopkeepers to make the scheme as good as it can be.”

A late Victorian bottle which was found in the Mill Yard area during preparatory work for the new road was produced at the meeting.