Plans revealed to demolish neglected Roebank Arcade shops in Bransholme

By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: 12 Sep 2017

A neglected arcade of shops will be demolished to make way for sheltered housing and new retail units.

Plans to flatten the Roebank Arcade of shops in Bransholme have been submitted to Hull City Council by Nagra Properties Ltd, who bought the units after they were put up for sale four years ago.

The property developers now have plans to replace the shops off Bodmin Road with new retail units and sheltered housing for the elderly.

Ward councillor Phil Webster said local residents had been ‘screaming out’ for the shopping arcade to be knocked down and replaced, and said the site had attracted anti-social behaviour which had put many elderly residents off using the local stores.

The neglected Roebank Arcade

He said: “In forums here people have been screaming out for them to be cleared for such a long time. It declined from when the housing association moved. People would pop in the shops all the time but I think it when downhill after that.

“People don’t want to go there when there are kids hanging about kicking footballs against shop walls and graffitiing the empty shop hoardings.

“We’ve been pushing for it happen as an area for a while now. The pubs going and we’ll also be clearing the site.”

The councillor for Bransholme West said he had seen plans from Nagra Properties and was hopeful that it would benefit the community.

Cllr Phil Webster

He said: “It will be cleared so that housing can be built for older people, sheltered accommodation, and shops as well. We are particularly keen to make sure we get independent stores there and want to give the former store-holders the first opportunity to use the retail units.

“The shops are terrible at the moment and we’ve spoken to some of the shop holders and can hopefully turn it into a nice precinct. The Nagra developers have worked with us before and we’re really hopeful about their plans.

“We’ve seen drawings of plans and they are in development. We said we actually want them to be more ambitious because we really want it to be an area the residents can be proud of.

“They’ve got a very good record as developers and we are very hopeful we will get something residents want. And I’m sure people who live around there will be delighted, hopefully it really help to promote the community.”

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