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Beeston florist closes, blaming tramworks

Beeston florist closes shop blaming tramworks Credit: Sharon Breedon

A florist in Beeston is shutting up shop for the final time today, blaming the ongoing tramworks.

Sharon Breedon says she has seen a significant fall in customers since the project began.

Although the lines don't pass directly in front of her shop, she says they have put people off visiting the area.

Sharon Breedon Credit: ITV News Central
Beeston florist closes shop blaming tramworks Credit: Sharon Breedon

Ms Breedon will be relocating to different premises.

A spokesperson from NET Project says that financial assistance is being provided to some traders who have seen changes to their profits since the tram works began.

In the case of Greenfingers they say:

"If the owners of the Greenfingers Flower Shop believed the tram works were affecting the business, we could have looked into it, but they have not been in touch with us.

"While some traffic routes have been altered in the area, there are no tram works outside their shop, so it's not clear if or how the tram works have led to their decision to relocate."

Beeston florist closes shop blaming tramworks Credit: Sharon Breedon

Ms Breedon says she has not been in touch with the team behind the tram project because she knows she would not be eligible for compensation as the route does not pass close enough to her business.

Police urge missing Beeston mother to contact family

Police have appealed to a missing Nottinghamshire mum to contact her family, exactly a week after she was last seen.

Elizabeth Kinston, left her home in Beeston at around 10am last Friday. The mother of two works as a GP and is currently on maternity leave.

The 37-year-old was spotted on camera two hours later, walking along Queens Drive towards Castle Bridge Road.

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Victim named as three men charged with murder

Three men have been charged with murder after a man, named by police as 47-year-old Simon John Hay, was found dead in a Nottingham flat.

Simon Hay, aged 47, was found dead in a Beeston flat on Sunday
Simon Hay, aged 47, was found dead in a Beeston flat on Sunday Credit: Nottinghamshire Police

Callum Dickinson, 23, of Villa Street, Beeston, Karl Anthony Raynor, 32, of Waterloo Road, Beeston, and Christopher Michael Royston, 23, of Whitelands, Cotgrave, are all accused of killing Mr Hay and will appear before Nottingham Magistrates’ Court this morning.

Mr Hay was found dead at a flat in Villa Street, Beeston, at around 5pm on Sunday afternoon.

Business owners hope street party will keep business going

Businesses on a road in Nottingham which is being closed for a year to build new tram lines, have held a street party to show they are staying open.

Although business owners opposed the closure at first they hope the party will send a strong message to the public that they are open for business for the next year even though the road is not open to cars.

Businesses hit by year long tramworks hold street party

The street party in Chilwell Road in Beeston in Nottingham which will be closed for a year
The street party in Chilwell Road in Beeston in Nottingham which will be closed for a year Credit: ITV Central

Independent shops along Chilwell Road in Beeston in Nottingham are today holding a street party ahead of the road being closed for 12 months because of work to extend the city's tram network.

A juggler entertaining children on Chilwell Road in Beeston
A juggler entertaining children on Chilwell Road in Beeston Credit: ITV Central
Shops say it'll be business as usual despite the road closure for the tram extension to Chilwell
Shops say it'll be business as usual despite the road closure for the tram extension to Chilwell Credit: ITV Central

The road closure for the tramworks was initially met with outrage.

But now businesses say they are prepared to put up with the year long disruption, as they hope to benefit when the Nottingham Express Transit line 2 to Chilwell is complete.

Shopkeepers promoting their goods and urging customers to stay loyal throughout the disruption
Shopkeepers promoting their goods and urging customers to stay loyal throughout the disruption Credit: ITV Central

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Beeston businesses throw street party as road closes

A computer generated image of the tram stop in Beeston town centre
A computer generated image of the tram stop in Beeston town centre Credit: NET

Traders and residents in Beeston are throwing a street party today.

It's in a bid to showcase the independent shops along a road that is closing for a year.

The closure is to allow major tram works to be completed as part of the Nottingham Tram network expansion.

Some business owners fear they could be forced to shut their doors because the road closure would decrease footfall. Today they hope to promote the area.

The event, between 11am and 4pm, will include street entertainment, face-painting and an outdoor stage for bands.

Shopkeepers worry over plans to close road, full report

A Nottinghamshire MP has written to the Transport Secretary asking him to help shopkeepers worried that their trade could be hit by work to build new tramlines.

Businesses in Beeston are furious that the contractors are planning to close off a main road for up to a year.

Their local MP Anna Soubry says it could be devastating and drive some traders out of business. Our correspondent Peter Bearne reports.

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