'Parts of Hull desperately need to be rebuilt - but the money is just going to the city centre'
Shoppers out in Hull city centre
By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: 22 Jan 2018
Hull City Council need to focus on cleaning up and improving areas outside of the city centre which are beset by litter and ageing infrastructure, it has been claimed.
Adam Williams, ward councillor for Drypool, said urgent investment was needed to regenerate east Hull's busiest shopping area, as well as similar shopping areas like Hessle Road and Beverley Road.
"We've been asking for years for parts of the pavement along Holderness Road to be completely rebuilt," he said.
"Loads of the flagstones are all over the place and completely wonky.
"If we're going to encourage more businesses and keep footfall high in places like Holderness Road and Hessle Road you need to make them places people enjoy going to.
"All of the city needs the investment and there are lots of businesses in these places that are struggling to stay afloat.
"Forming a legacy from City of Culture shouldn't just be about the city centre. What about all the other areas of the city where the infrastructure is really poor?
"I've been speaking to residents down Barnsley Street in my ward where they are sick to death of the fly-tipping that happens down there. A lot of the time it takes weeks to be cleared."
Cllr Williams says the council "missed an opportunity" after his Liberal Democrats colleagues put forward an £800,000 proposal at last week's budget to focus on regenerating Holderness Road's shopping district, along with Beverley Road and Hessle Road.
Cllr Williams says Holderness Road is beset by litter and damaged pavements, pictured
Although the local authority is investing cash in cleaning the city centre, with a further multi-million pound plans to transform Albion Square following the major regeneration projects last year, Cllr Williams' plan was rejected.
He said he believed the Labour leadership's approach ignored suburbs of the city he said were in desperate need of improvement.
But Labour say all of the city would benefit from regeneration plans.
The deputy leader of the council, Daren Hale said the idea the local authority was preoccupied with the city centre at the expense of other areas was a "myth".
He said the council's £1.2m outlay on the city's parks provided evidence that it was committed to improving suburbs.
"We're spending £250,000 on fly-tipping, which is a problem for areas outside of the city centre," he said.
There are further plans to transform Albion Square
"Most fly-tips are cleared within 24 hours, provided they are reported.
"Unlike cities like Sheffield, rather than build a city centre leisure facility, our £1.8m spend on leisure is on the community facilities, like in Beverley Road, The Avenues and Ennerdale Leisure Centre.
"The public realm works in the city centre helped attract record numbers of visitors and around 100 new businesses have been set up. They will employ people from all over the city.
"When it comes to regeneration in the city centre and the suburbs it's not a case of either-or, it's either-and."