A Nottingham business worker has claimed that the council and government need to do more to save high streets from collapse.

There have been fears Lister Gate would die with the changing high street, and 12 lots now lie empty.

Mel Newton, of the Tiger Community Hub, says that business rates on the street create difficulty, and that: “The government and and council need to think about dropping them.”

The Tiger Community Hub, on Lister Gate

However, locals say there is cause for optimism, with the Broadmarsh redevelopment sparking hope.

An empty lot on Lister Gate

Ms Newton added that Lister Gate has great potential, but it is reliant on the right business coming in.

She said: “There is still massive footfall, it’s just a case of having things for people to stop for.”

“Once the Broadmarsh redevelopment is done it will be good for the street as it will be less like a building site!”

Ms. Newton believes the street would thrive if small, community and charity businesses invested there.

“The government and council need to think about dropping them.”

Mel Newton, Tiger Community Hub

Three and The Body Shop have recently closed their shops on Lister Gate, although they already had other stores nearby.

A smashed display screen on Lister Gate

Sarb Ubhi, 46, a landlord from Mapperley says he hopes: “The redevelopment comes to a swift conclusion.

“There are lots of empty buildings, historic buildings; hopefully it can be finished quickly to bring the community and economy back.”

Lister Gate dates back to 1303, where dyers would congregate to make use of the River Leen.

It was also home to John Walter, the founder of The Times.

Stephan Richeux, speaking for Nottingham City Council, said that the Green Heart element of the redevelopment would be underway soon, removing the barrier between Lister Gate and the station.

He added that business rates are set by the government, and they only allow the council to collect half of them, with the rest going to the Treasury.

The Broadmarsh Redevelopment began in 2016, with the aim of creating a welcoming south entrance of the city. The new Broadmarsh Car Park and Bus Station are already open, but all the other aspects of the development are yet to be finished. The area is currently part demolished with the City Council bidding for further government funding.