Students in bid to boost Heanor town centre

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A group of students is investigating how to breath new life into Heanor town centre.

Fifteen mature students from Nottingham Trent University (NTU) visited the area earlier this month to assess the challenges facing Heanor and how they may be tackled.

The students - who are working towards their Postgraduate Certificate in Planning, Urban Design and Sustainable Development - will present their findings in April.

During their visit, the students met with representatives from Amber Valley Borough Council.

Councillor Paul Jones, leader of the authority, said: “We very much welcome the opportunity to work with NTU on this project and are looking forward to hearing a different take on the issues facing Heanor, and, hopefully, some alternative solutions too. This is part of our vision to look at improving all of the towns across the borough and is part of a long-term economic regeneration vision for Amber Valley, which we will be launching later this year.”

As reported by the Ripley and Heanor News last week, the Labour politician vying to become Amber Valley MP in the next General Election accused former Tory leaders on the borough council of investing too heavily in Belper at the expense of towns like Heanor.

Kevin Gillott said: “People are proud of Heanor and feel that their town has been neglected over the last few years.

“The former grammar school site symbolises this wider neglect that also saw so many town centre shops and other buildings close as the former Tory controlled borough council channelled its efforts and resources into Belper and ignored the other towns in the borough.”