Pub’s plea for help refused by council

The Station Hotel in Hucknall
The Station Hotel in Hucknall

The owners of a Hucknall pub which is facing closure because of work to build the town’s inner relief road deserve to receive ‘some form of compensation’, a councillor has claimed.

The Station Hotel has found itself beleaguered by metal fences and traffic cones since Nottinghamshire County Council (NCC) began a major upgrade of Station Road, Linby Road and Ashgate Road in January.

But NCC say they cannot accept claims for loss of trade because of roadworks.

Speaking at a meeting of the council, Coun John Wilmott said the pub had suffered a devastating loss of business as a result of the roadworks, which had made it ‘almost impossible’ to trade in this part of the town at the present time.

He thought the council should look favourably on the plight of the Station’s owners, who had lost £10,000 revenue this year after investing £24,000 in their ambition to make the pub a success.

Coun Wilmott has also been told about a severely-disabled Hucknall pensioner who is having to pay a £10 taxi fare whenever she goes shopping because of the relief road project.

The 74-year-old woman, who does not want to be identified, lives in the area of Linby Road, which has been closed to traffic at its junction with Station Road.

This means that a taxi journey which hitherto cost the pensioner £2.50 is now three times more because the cab has to go through Linby to get to Hucknall town centre.

The roadworks are part of the first phase of the Hucknall Town Centre Improvement Scheme which will regenerate the town and which is due to be completed next Spring.