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Urgent appeal for help in Bulwell where there will be ‘nothing left soon’

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Concerns are being voiced in a Nottingham town where shoppers fear there will be ‘nothing left soon’ without serious investment. Bulwell has been hit with a number of store closures in recent months, with Boots the latest high-profile firm to confirm it would be shutting its branch in the town centre.

Bulwell is not alone in witnessing a decline in bricks and mortar retailers, but the scale of closures has led to some residents describing the centre as a ‘ghost town’. Fears over the future of Bulwell, along with other high streets, has led to the launch of a new campaign by Nottinghamshire Live, ‘Love Your Local’, as we urge shoppers to support struggling high street and independent retailers.

Nottingham City Council has confirmed a bid could be made to get investment for Bulwell through the Government’s Levelling Up fund.



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Dave Perrin, owner of the Times Furniture Co in Main Street, Bulwell, said: “We sell furniture all over Nottingham, we get that people enjoy going to the market – they come from everywhere especially as we have the trams.”



Dave Perrin, local business owner
Dave Perrin, local business owner

With the closure of many shops in the area, Dave said that he “one million percent” agrees with more funding for the area. He continued: “If I could help in any way I would, here, the people are great.

“I can’t believe Boots is closing to be fair, it’s such an iconic building, it’s pretty sad. The banks closing are just pathetic, how are people going to bank? For some people, it’s no good doing it online.”

It was announced previously, that the Boots store on Bulwell’s main street will close in August of this year. The bank, Natwest, in Bulwell’s Main Street closed on May 26.

Other independent businesses such as Budget Wise on Commercial Road closed permanently earlier this year.

Mike Meehan, the owner of Mike’s Mobility has three stores: two in Bulwell and one in Hucknall. Mike started his business down in Bulwell. The owner of the family-run business told Nottinghamshire Live: “It’s sad to see there are no shops, we’ve been based in Wilko for around 7 years.

“Bulwell needs help, there’s no money being spent, it’s been left boring. We love Bulwell, the people are genuine.”



Local business owner Mike Meehan

“If you’re honest with people and give 100% customer service, they’ll give back customer loyalty in return. I’d like to see the area get the money it deserves.”

Fred Bradshaw, 60 has worked on the market for 52 years, and thinks the town also needs more security in addition to investment. He said: “Bulwell’s anti-social behaviour needs to be sorted out and the scooter things. There were police last Saturday and we didn’t see anything.

“We just want one police present in the area. The older generation won’t come around this area.”

Residents in Bulwell feel the same. They would all like to see more funding and less closures in the area.

Gary Thomas, 59, has lived in the area all his life. He said: “Bulwell should be at the top of the list for getting more money in the area. I’ve watched the place go downhill.

“Bulwell used to be a great place. A few shops have closed but there are still a fair few in the area.

“If more closures continue to happen, things will get bad. We’ve lost the bank, we’ve lost Boots, that’s not a good thing. You don’t want just takeaways and coffee shops, you want to come to this area and have a selection of places to go to.

“You can’t do that if there’ll be nothing left, shops with shutters down are no good.”

Chantell Lloyd, 24, has compared Bulwell to places like Sherwood and West Bridgford. The teaching assistant from the area said: “If you go to Sherwood, there are loads of shops to go into that are all different. West Bridgford is the same, it’s great for shopping and socialising. If Bulwell was like that, the area would be so much better.

“Here, the one good thing about Bulwell, I’d say, is the people. Shops open and before you know it, they’ve closed again, it’s not good.”

A Nottingham City Council spokesperson said: “We’re currently working with a range of local partners in Bulwell to explore the possibility of a bid being submitted to Government through the second round of its Levelling Up Fund next month.

“Following extensive consultation with local people and businesses, we’re looking to include three areas within the application. These will be improvements to buildings and public spaces, ‘urban greening’ and biodiversity, and better connectivity within the town.

“We should hear by the autumn if we’ve been successful in securing a grant to carry out the work and, if we have, the Council will carry out further consultation work to make sure plans are in line with the needs of the community.”

Labour and Co-operative MP for Nottingham North, Alex Norris, said: “The growth of online shopping combined with people really struggling financially has hit Bulwell town centre hard. Working with local residents we’ve put together a bid to government to really give the area a lift. We need this to kickstart the area and attract shoppers and shops back.”

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