Tory councilors have said other parts of the borough are ‘missing’ following a council bid for £50million in upgrade money to revamp parts of the city center in ‘Arnold
Labour-led Gedling Borough Council says it is one of the worst-funded councils in the country and the money would be funneled into a project called ‘Ambition Arnold’.
However, the council’s opposition Conservative leader, Cllr Michael Adams, says the authority is ignoring investment opportunities in other parts of the borough.
Last week the council announced that the flagship store for the new Arnold Market – due to open later this year – would be the post office.
The £4million project, which was originally slated for a spring opening before Covid-related delays, is in the final stages of construction.
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If the £50million upgrade bid is successful, plans include a new leisure center and theater to replace the current Arnold Leisure Center and Bonington Theater which have been operating since the 1980s.
The offer also includes plans for a new library and public space in the northern part of the city center and improved access from Front Street to the High Street.
The council’s previous bid for £20m in Leveling Up’s first round of funding failed. He says his second offer uses the feedback she received from the first.
Cllr John Clarke (Lab), Leader of Council, said: “As with our previous bid, we believe this is a strong proposal that will help rebuild our town centre.
“It includes ambitious proposals for a brand new recreation and culture site in the northern part of the town of Arnold.
“Residents of Arnold have told us that the physical appearance of the area and the variety of stores are a problem. This money would be used to improve these neighborhoods and create a real buzz in the city center.
“We have already shown our intentions with the multi-million pound investments we have made in the new Arnold Market Place and the refurbishment of Carlton town centre.
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“We will continue to do everything we can to improve the borough for our residents and our businesses.
But Cllr Adams (Cons), Trent Valley Ward Councilor, told the Local Democracy Reporting Service: ‘I’m glad they’re applying again and have an offer ready. However, my own general feeling is that this whole administration is still thinking about Arnold.
“There are places like Netherfield, Mapperley, Carlton, Daybrook, Calverton and Colwick that desperately need investment.
“It’s still Arnold and it’s still Arnold, and I don’t know why?” We should be thinking about the big picture… getting the whole area enhanced rather than just this section.
The Government Leveling Fund runs until 2024-2025.