Beeston shopping centre to get £30m facelift
A Nottingham shopping centre is in line for a £30m overhaul after a deal was reached with developers.
The Square in Beeston has been criticised by businesses and shoppers for being rundown and unattractive.
Broxtowe Borough Council has now agreed a deal with Henry Boot to redevelop the site, including the bus station, multi-storey car park and old fire station.
The council said it hoped work could begin as early as next year but the company has up to six years to start.
Residents said the town had suffered from uncertainty about a proposed extension of the tram line, the arrival of a new Tesco store and several false starts in developing The Square.
Street trader Simon Hunt said action was desperately needed.
"I have been trading here for 11 years as a florist and the number of people has been getting less and less because there are less and less shops.
"It needs a better class of shops, something bigger like Marks and Spencer, to bring people in because at the moment there are lots of cheap shops, charity shops and the place is a bit overrun with them," he said.
Councillor David Watts, leader at Broxtowe Borough Council, said: "Over the past 12 to 18 months we have seen a number of shops move out, it is a worrying time, and this is the best possible news.
"As a council we have been looking to do this for a long time and the talks with Henry Boot have been going on for more than three years."