Sixth worst hit in UK

November 3, 2010

Nottingham is in the top ten again! Unfortunately for being the sixth town or city, worst hit by the recession. According to the Sun newspaper, Nottingham has 1254 empty shops or 23% of all shops.

To be honest this surprised me. The other nine towns or cities are a roll call of run down and grim places. Places like Grimsby, Blackpool and Sunderland. In the main, these are places that have been decimated by the closure of traditional industries or the decline of tourism.  Nottingham really shouldn’t feature on this list at all.

So I wonder why Nottingham is doing so badly in relation to other cities and towns. Do we have too many retail premises? Or is the City Council’s anti car stance encouraging people to shop elsewhere?

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Solution for empty shops?

August 14, 2009

“Apparently Nottingham City Council has been given £50,000 to reduce the impact of empty shops.

According to the Nottingham Evening Post, the money is: “Intended to support creative ways to use empty shops and re-open them as facilities for communities”.

John Denham, a government minister with responsibility for communities, told the EP: [the City Council] will now be able to use our funding to come up with their own creative ideas to transform their boarded up shops into something useful like a learning centre, meeting place for local people or showroom for local artists…

Is this man real? Does he really think that you can take an empty shop, give it a coat of paint, put up a sign outside saying ‘Community Centre’ and people will flock there to take part in basket weaving or Esperanto for Beginners?

The former NDC offices on Alfreton Road. Now empty. The former NDC offices on Alfreton Road. Now empty. 

The City Council has dozens of community venues around the city, many of which are under-funded, badly maintained, poorly managed and under-used with reducing numbers of community workers struggling to make them relevant to the people they are supposed to serve.

Adding a whole load of empty shops to that list is hardly going to improve the situation and is more likely to divert scarce staff resources away from delivering valuable services to local communities in the city.

But, if they have to do it anyway, they could perhaps take some tips from the New Deal for Communities programme in Radford and Hyson Green. They’ve had over £50m to improve the area and one of the things they’ve spent some of this money on is buying up and renovating empty shops on Alfreton Road.

Now, following this not insignificant investment, the shops have been transformed into much smarter and cleaner… empty shops. Although, to be fair, they have boarded some of them up very creatively.

Perhaps they could share good practice with the City Council so that we don’t see any wastage of public money on this new scheme… because that would never do, would it?”

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“Nottingham is as rough as Amy Winehouse”

August 13, 2009

Another blogger has posted about his views on Nottingham.

“I find the people of Nottingham to be extremely rude. The amount of times that I have joined the back of a queue, only to have someone push in front of me, is something that happens on a regular, day to day basis…

Nottingham is as rough as Amy Winehouse. In the first two months of moving to the city, my car had gotten broken into three times, something that hasn’t didn’t even come close to happening in Lincoln…

Nottingham has plenty of disused shop outlets, infact, there is one not too far from myself which advertised selling costumes……for the Millennium New Year.”

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Empty shops up by 12%

May 19, 2009

“THE number of vacant shops in Nottingham city centre has increased by 12% in the last year…Over the past year Hockley and the Lace Market has seen a vacancy rate of 25%, Hurts Yard off Long Row West has seen as much as 75%, while the Derby Road/Chapel Bar area is at 20%.”

“The council has consulted with business and identified retailers’ priorities. They include:

Allowing flexible access for delivery and collection vehicles.

Keeping on top of litter and waste, particularly that generated at night.

Maintaining vacant premises so they are clean and tidy.

Marketing the city’s shops.

Reducing city centre parking costs.

Reduction in rents and rates.”

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