Ashfield residents urged to shop local this summer

Residents in Ashfield are being urged to shop local this summer as the district continues its recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic.

Council chiefs have issued the rallying call as traders and businesses welcome back customers as lockdown measures continue to ease across England.

They say Ashfield is home to a wide variety of ‘fantastic’ independent retailers and cafes – from the community of small businesses on Forest Road in Annesley Woodhouse to the huge choice of cafes, shops and restaurants in Hucknall.

And in a bid to attract shoppers back into its town centres, Ashfield District Council has reintroduced two hours free parking in all of its car parks.

Pictured are Coun Dave Shaw, Stephanie Paulson of Goldfingers, Coun Jim Blagden and Coun John Wilmott

It says there will also be ‘exciting’ town centre trails and activities across the district during the summer months.

Council leader Jason Zadrozny said it was an ‘exciting time for Ashfield’ and urged residents to do their bit in the post-lockdown recovery.

“The past year has been extremely difficult for most businesses in Ashfield. It’s great to see all the traders who unfortunately had to close during lockdown, open up again and see our town centres filling up,” he said.

“It’s an exciting time for Ashfield, the Moor Market will soon be opening to provide a unique shopping opportunity in Kirkby. We also received the amazing news that we have been awarded the full £62.6m from the Towns Fund, which will allow us to make improvements across the district.

“We really want residents to come out this summer and shop small, our small businesses have been there for us throughout the pandemic – now it’s our turn to support them.”