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£18m Plans to improve ‘neglected’ Nottingham city streets which have suffered from underinvestment for years

Residents living on Nottingham streets with neglected footpaths and lots of potholes will see major investment, according to the council.

Nottingham City Council was awarded an £18m grant by government as part of its Levelling Up bid, with the plans set to be revealed at a council meeting next week.

The council was unsuccessful with two further bids that were centred around demolishing the rest of the former Broadmarsh shopping centre and investing in the Island Quarter.

The Renewing Local Streets programme will target neighbourhoods who have “suffered from significant underinvestment over many years”.

The council said: “Residents complain that neglected footways and too many potholes discourage them from being more active. It also provides the opportunity to make existing streets greener.”

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The programme has three investment themes. The first will be ‘Streets for People’.

This will include minor works to improve the condition of existing footways, repairing potholes in streets and cycle ways and more dropped crossings to help people with mobility issues.

There will also be landscape improvements including new trees as well as upgrading the condition of footways and cycle ways to make sustainable travel more attractive.

This project will also improve access to local centres such as Bulwell, Hyson Green, Sherwood, and Clifton, according to the council.

The second part of the funding will look at ‘School Streets’.

The council will work with residents and schools to make more areas around school entrances safer, with less traffic and more inviting approach routes. New road crossings will also be installed.

The last part of the funding is for ‘Greener Streets’.

This is focused on a large-scale upgrade of street lighting to bring the lamps up to modern LED standard. It will be applied on ‘an area wide basis’.

The council also plans to install more electric vehicle charging points in residential areas with limited off-street parking.

The report will be discussed and noted by councillors at a Joint Committee on Strategic Planning and Transport on Friday, 10 December.

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