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      16.02.2010 12:39
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      keep driving

      Heanor is a small town in Derbyshire between Nottingham and Derby as is Along the A608 .This small town has great road access to the motorways which is part the reason that there always tends to be queues of traffic down the high street.

      I find the fact that it is actually listed quite surprising in itself it is not a tourist town but more somewhere to live and the main reason People visit Heanor is because they are passing through ,live there or are visiting Argos.

      The main high street is mainly full of charity shops, local unknown shops and fast food takeaways. There are a couple of high street shops Ethel Austin and Gregg's. There is a market square which has a market on a Friday and Saturday but there are only a handful of stalls. There is a furniture project called Sal care which is designed to help the poor and needy selling very cheap furniture and has a cafe with inexpensive meals the biggest shop was Woolworths but now this has been replaced by a lighthouse charity shop. Just around the corner is a small retail park which house Aldi, in store, Birthdays Party, Select, Brantano,Home Bargains and Argos. While this does bring shoppers to Heanor the main high street is up a very steep hill which is quite of putting.

      Opposite The retail park is a Tesco's, a 24 hour supermarket, however it is so small that it doesn't sell clothes which can be a bonus at times.

      The Shopping Park has free parking and it is possible to park on some of the back roads for free but the main shops have a pay and display system which I think is not necessary and if more could park for free may be more inclined to visit.

      I have visited for May Day and summer fairs that have been held there which are great community experiences. The local churches get involved and one fair they did an offer for children to let there Teddies abseil down from the tower. This was well received and had massive queues.

      There are two main churches which both run community activities. At one time my son regularly visited the parent and toddler group at the Methodist church on a Tuesday afternoon which was very welcoming and gave my son chance to burn off some steam.

      It does have a small library and also the William Gregg sports centre which does have a swimming pool with a very shallow learner pool. There is pay and display parking here but is refundable on entry to sports centre.

      Shipley Park is nearby which is lovely and would be the only real reason you go out of your way to visit Heanor.

      Small hilly town that I wouldn't particularly recommend visiting.

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        24.07.2009 13:17
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        its an ok town but needs some tlc

        Heanor is a small town in the midlands, set inbetween to major cities, Nottingham and Derbyshire.

        Heanor is very small but has some good things in the area. It has a very good bus service, Trent Barton, which regularly to surrounding towns and to Nottigham and Derby.

        Heanor has a market square and alongside it there is one road that goes all the way through the town, A608 which leads to Derby and therefore you would probably drive rough rather then spend time there.

        There isn't much to do in Heanor but here are some of the things that you can do should you visit the area: there is a leisure centre, which has a sports hall, swimming pool and a gym area.

        There is also a relatively small retail park situated across the road from Tesco at the bottom of town, which has a Brithdays store, Select, Peacocks, In-store, Home bargains and an Aldi. There are lots of parkingeas in the town which are all pay and display.

        If you walk to where the market square is you will find a number of cafes that are all fairly cheap and there are a number of shops. For females I would recommend visiting the Olive Tree shop, which sells lots of little pretty, girly things and I would also recommend Groovy shoes shop, which is on the market place.

        There is an old antiques shop, which is just past the church and holds lots of different types of collectables, so if you're into that sort of thing well worth a look but be aware it isn't very wheel chair friendly and there are a few steep stair cases within this shop.

        There is a Friday and Saturday market, however it has been in delcine for several years and it closes very early and there are only a handful stalls there.

        Not to far away from the town there is also Shipley Park, which has its own pond and there are plenty to of fields and pathways to walk around. They also have a visitor centre with a cafe and a play area for children. One of the facilities available here is bike hire.

        Overall I think it's a fairly quite town, which could do with a bit of renovation. There are lots of pubs which have been closed so the night life isn't very good and there aren't many jobs available either.

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          04.04.2009 20:55
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          We visit what once was a bustling town to find it has all but gone.

          Heanor is a small market town in Derbyshire. The area was associated with coal mining and textile production for generations. As we all know the mining industry all but came to an end in the 1980's and the textile industry collapsed in the 1990's, of course this had a dramatic economic effect on the local economy and the market town of Heanor was badly affected by the mine and factory closures.

          Heanor lays between Nottingham and Derby and both cities are easy to travel to using public transport. There is a good and frequent bus service and a short way away at Langley Mill there is a train station that has live departure boards.
          Though Heanor may have little to offer in the way of industry now it still has a flourishing college, a floral art group, a cricket and a running club, a sub aqua club and a cycling club and the Heanor Rotary club.

          Heanor town is one long main road with smaller roads leading from off of the main road. It tends to be a place we pass through rather than stop in, this could be due to the lack of hustle and bustle that used to be apparent years ago.

          As you head toward Heanor on the Nottingham road one of the first major stores you will see is the busy Tesco superstore, this has a petrol station on site too. On the other side of the road is a small but very handy retail park. Aldi, Argos, Brantano Footwear, Instore and New Look make up a large part of this small park, the car park is always busy and the shops are extremely well used.
          For anyone who has mobility problems this is definitely the best area of Heanor, the main street is on a slow uphill climb.
          Sadly first impressions count and as you climb your way up the hill toward the small town centre you get the feeling that business is not brisk, many of the smaller shops are either closed or boarded up.
          At one time Heanor had a large Woolworth store but this now lays empty.
          There are a few general shops at either side of the hill, a florists, a greetings card shop, a chemists, an opticians, Greggs the bakers and an independent baker. The Headway charity has a shop which is well supported too, as you reach the brow of the hill there is a large Somerfield store which sits opposite a NatWest bank.

          Years ago there used to be a busy weekend market in Heanor but I suspect the stallholders are unable to successfully make a decent living nowadays and the market has just a handful of stalls.

          Around the edge of the Market place there are other banks, a newsagents, a discount store, a small gaming store, a bookmakers, a mobile phone shop and a general clothing store.
          The Market place is also home to the `Crest of the Wave` a very popular and well established fish and chip shop.
          Just past the Market place lays the 12th century church which looks impressive sitting on the hill.
          As you pass the church you head towards the Ilkeston road where there is a large antiques shop.

          Like many towns Heanor has its fair share of charity shops and as one shop closes a charity shop seems to pop up in its wake.

          Although there appears to no shortage of pubs in and around the town there also seems to be an alarming amount of pubs that are boarded up.
          As you approach Heanor on the Nottingham road there is one large pub called the `John Warren` that has a restaurant,( I have not tried the John Warren restaurant myself ) other than that I can only think of the cafe inside of Tesco where you would be able to get a snack.
          Agreed toward the town centre there is a large J D Wetherspoons but it is not the stereotypical old English pub!
          However in one of the side streets that lay off of the main road called Ray street there is a small Chinese restaurant that opens at lunchtime and evenings.
          Other than that maybe a pizza will suffice!

          Heanor is like many other small towns, it has been badly hit by the economic downturn.
          One ray of sunshine are the lovely hanging baskets that they put outside of the local council offices and another is the knowledge that the large green Shipley park is but a minute or twos drive away.
          If you need to exercise your dog and you don't know the area then go around the roundabout by the Tesco super store and look out for the signposts to Shipley park, it is like entering another world!

          If you pass through Heanor then park in the Pay and Display car park and sample some of those delicious fish and chips or go bargain hunting in the many different charity shops.

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