Anger and threat of legal action as intu Broadmarsh footbridge closed to pedestrians

The main walkway through Broadmarsh Shopping Center in the heart of Nottingham has been closed – leaving commuters angry and the City Council threatening possible legal action.

Throughout its redevelopment, walkers were able to walk through the half-demolished Broadmarsh Center, giving them direct access from Collin Street to Lister Gate and vice versa.

The only time walkers couldn’t pass through the center was between 7 p.m. and 7 a.m. each evening, as it had to be watched by security personnel to stay open.

But a sign has now been placed on both entrances simply stating, “Unfortunately, this entrance is now closed. Please use an alternative route. “

The walkthrough provided a key route to Nottingham for shoppers and commuters exiting or heading to Nottingham station.

It is considered a public right of way and the city council has asked for “urgent clarification” on the decision to close it or it could take legal action.

On Friday June 26, Broadmarsh and Victoria Center owner intu announced that he had collapsed in the administration and appointed KPMG in a bid to protect itself from lenders over £ 4.5bn.

Despite the administration of intu Properties Plc, the group’s other 16 shopping centers across the UK remain open for the time being.

A spokesperson for Nottingham City Council told Nottinghamshire Live: “The footbridge across Broadmarsh Center is a public right of way and a major pedestrian thoroughfare between Nottingham Station and Lister Gate.

“We are urgently asking for clarification from intu and its administrators, who are responsible for the building, as to why they closed it.

“We want to see it reopen as quickly as possible and will have to consider taking legal action if a deal cannot be reached.”

The entrance to Broadmarsh on Collin Street is now closed to pedestrians

Pedestrians must now take a detour to Collin Street via Maid Marian Way under the NCP car park and can then turn right towards Castle Gate before reaching Lister Gate.

Friday June 12, intu announced the closure of the Broadmarsh center due to security concerns, while construction work has been at a standstill since March.

He said that although the redevelopment work on the site remained “at a standstill” it had “become clear” that he could not safely keep the center open and that all stores in the mall were closed, including including Wilko and Fopp.

Although the construction industry was given the green light to return to sites in May, intu did not ask contractor Sir Robert McAlpine to return to work.

And Tuesday, June 16, scaffolding was dismantled at the shopping center after the end of the redevelopment work.

Commuters were annoyed by the closure of the walkway.

Tom Garton, who works in retail and lives in The Meadows, said the view of Broadmarsh gives people a “terrible impression.”

The 30-year-old said: “It’s an abject sight when you walk up there from the train station. A half-built mall and you can’t even pass now.

“You must now walk to Maid Marian Way. It is a key route to the city. This is not really the case. “

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Harry Franklin, 29, from the city center, added: “It’s just one thing after another. It’s not a good look for Nottingham and that means I have to detour quite a distance now. will annoy a lot of people. “

Another man who declined to give his name said: “It’s sad. It’s a historic shopping center. It’s a key part of the city to access it, so it’s not fair to people.”

An intu spokesperson said: “In March, we halted development work at intu Broadmarsh due to the COVID-19 pandemic and then more recently due to our financial situation.

“We have been reviewing the site for several weeks and earlier this month we made the decision to temporarily close our doors with construction at a standstill and the site as it is now. There are health considerations. and safety to take into account and we are not ready to endanger anyone, safety is always our priority.

“We have since decided to go further with our precautionary measures and now the walkway and entrances between Colin Street and Lister Gate are also closed.

“We know this will be disappointing news as many visitors to Nottingham use this promenade. The safety of our employees and visitors always comes first and this has guided this decision.”

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