Streets in Annesley Woodhouse and Hucknall have been nominated for the Great British High Street Awards 2019.
Annesley Woodhouse’s Forest Road and Hucknall High Street have both been put forward for the ‘Rising Star’ category of the national award.
The Great British High Street Awards are run by The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) in partnership with Visa. The awards recognise and celebrate the communities that are working to revive local high streets.
The Rising Star High Street Award celebrates up and coming local communities who are on their way to transforming for the future.
Forest Road brings the community together
Over the past three years, Forest Road in Annesley Woodhouse has developed into a destination shopping area. With four new retailers opening, making an impressive row of eighteen traders, there is a fresh contemporary range of independent stores.
Councillor Rachel Madden who represents Annesley and Kirkby Woodhouse said: “Forest Road shows how a small group of niche retailers can reinvigorate a community into something that not only serves the local area, but delivers a quality product and service to a national, and even, international consumer base. This nomination confirms everything I’ve been saying about Forest Road – it’s a great place to be. I’m delighted that it is now a brilliant destination we can all be proud of.
“The award-winning retailers in Annesley Woodhouse show real initiative and passion when it comes to providing a valued asset in the community.”
Andrew Frogson from Forest Road’s Sauce and Brown, said: “The retail community on Forest Road have shown how, when businesses work together it is possible to reinvigorate a local shopping area. Forest Road has an offer that is not only contemporary but also puts something back into the community, making it a place to visit, shop and be seen.’’
Hucknall is thriving since its pedestrianisation
Hucknall has seen its High Street develop into a vibrant, revitalised hub for the local community. A relief road and high street pedestrianisation scheme transformed the perception of the town from a road centric cut-through to a place where there are pavement cafés and shops, welcoming visitors.
Councillor John Wilmott, Ward Member for Hucknall North said: “When considering the decline of the national retail landscape, it’s brilliant to see many of our high streets thriving.
“I’m very proud to see the Hucknall in particular – I live in the Town Centre and it’s come on leaps and bounds. The community spirit in the town centre from traders, shoppers and visitors is great to see. We’ve recently made Hucknall a conservation area and with news that we will soon have a 4 screen cinema – this is set to continue.
“In the last year, we have worked hard to broaden the retail and leisure offer through events, training and great customer service to increase footfall and dwell time. We hope that the town can be seen as a thriving, resilient and sustainable high street.”
Sheila Robinson from Hucknall Tourism and Regeneration Group said: “Hucknall High Street is going from strength to strength. It’s great to see a full market on a Friday and the way the local community supports this and all the towns retailers is fantastic.’’
The shortlist for the Great British High Street Awards will be announced on the 7th August 2019. Residents will then have the chance to vote for their favourite high street.