Trader's plea to save 'forgotten' Anlaby Road
A TRADER is pleading for help to turn around the fortunes of Hull's "forgotten" street.
Hairdresser Kirsten Ellis, who runs her salon in Anlaby Road, believes more should be done to encourage businesses to set up in the once-popular shopping area.
In just the past few weeks, a gift shop and a café in Anlaby Road have closed.
Ms Ellis said: "I have been here 19 years and it was one of the main shopping areas back then.
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"But now, shop after shop is closing down. We used to have all sorts, such as florists and fruit shops but now there is just me and a chemist.
"This is a main road and it's such a shame."
Ms Ellis feels more should be done to encourage businesses and shoppers to return to the area.
She said: "There seems to be investment in other areas, such as Hessle Road, but nothing here.
"When I arrived at the salon one day last week, it amazed me just how poor and rundown Anlaby Road has now become.
"We have no passing trade of any sort whatsoever. There is no reason for people to walk down in that area.
"Anlaby Road as a whole seems to have been forgotten altogether.
"I know, with the current financial state of the country, people are not wanting to start up new businesses. However, that really doesn't help us who are trying to survive out there.
"We are struggling to attract new customers and I rely on word of mouth and the fact I have been here so long."
Ms Ellis is urging the council to help the few remaining traders left. She said: "The council could maybe try to tidy up the area so it looks more appealing.
"As a main road leading into the city, I think the council could take a look at this.
"If I was coming into Hull on this route, I would probably take a U-turn and drive right back out.
"All other areas and main roads seem to have plenty of shops trading and surviving, surely the council could help in some way to help bring this one back to life again."
Ms Ellis would also like to see rates lowered to help people open up new businesses.
Properties are assessed for business rates with a rateable value set by the Valuation Office Agency, an executive agency of the Inland Revenue.
Hull City Council insists a lot of work has already been carried out to improve the state of Anlaby Road and make it more attractive for both shoppers and businesses.
A spokesman said: "Anlaby Road between the flyover and Boothferry Road has had significant investment through the Gateway programme.
"The work carried out was commended by the Civic Society in 2011 as 'making it a more attractive proposition for private investors and local businesses'.
"There is a special number 300301 where start-up businesses can get advice and where established businesses can speak to people about accessing council services."