Town trade is brisk - despite disruption from roadworks

Nicola Warren, left, of Le Belle Nail and Beauty, with staff
Nicola Warren, left, of Le Belle Nail and Beauty, with staff

Traders in Hucknall have reported consistent business in the run-up to Christmas, after disruptive roadworks hindered footfall.

While cash registers have been jingling however, some businesses are concerned about forthcoming disruption as Hucknall’s town centre is revamped and a new inner relief road is constructed.

Le Belle Nail and Beauty Salon on the market place has enjoyed a busy year and is set to take on more staff early in 2016.

Manager Nicola Warren said: “We have been really busy. We are going to expand in January and will be recruiting two new hairdressers and another beautician.”

Gail Wynne, owner of the Fruit Corner on the High Street. reported that trade had been ‘about the same’ over Christmas, but said she was braced for future roadworks.

Simon Anderson, manager at the Hucknall Bed Centre on watnall Road, said: “Compared to previous years it has been pretty even. Nothing fantastic - but in general OK. We can’t complain!”

Glen Smedley runs a carpet business on Station Street and says he is concerned about the effect on trade when the road is closed for the railway bridge to be repaired. He said: “Hucknall has been good to me but I don’t know what will happen when the bridge closes. We will have to grin and bear it. We were very quiet when they dug up Station Street - we couldn’t receive deliveries and customers couldn’t get in.”

Des Green, who took over Che’s Sandwich Bar on the High Street a month ago, has recently moved to Hucknall from Aberdeen. He said: “It has been quite quiet. The street has been busy but trade has been slow.”

He hopes the town centre revamp - featuring a pedestrianised area - will boost footfall and create an outdoor cafe culture.

Businesses along Annesley Road are still counting the cost after a series of road closures earlier in the year.

James Geddes, owner of Cobbler and Keys, said: “I have been here 33 years and it has not been good for some time. The closures of Annesley Road have not helped.”

He is concerned that the new layout will see traffic diverted out of the town centre and funnelled in the direction of Tesco.

Kath Coultas, of Hucknall Home Improvements, said: “I think if the businesses are strong enough, and if we can get through the next two years’ upheaval, the town might recover sufficiently.”