From My Nottingham
Celebrations will take place on Saturday 10th December to mark the opening of Sneinton’s new square.
Sneinton Market Square will officially open following the dramatic transformation of Sneinton Market from a Pay & Display car park and marketplace, into a brand new public space which can host events, markets, gatherings, performances, and other activities for the local community, wider city and visitors alike.
The improvements, which have taken place as part of wider scheme called Connecting Eastside, have been paid for through funding from the European Regional Development Fund, East Midlands Development Agency, and Central Government.
To celebrate this, a weekend of FREE activities for all the family will take place. On Saturday 10 December, 10am – 4pm there will be a market with Sneinton Market Traders, Sowing Sneinton, Shrug Ladies and Nottingham Visual Arts.
This will be followed by the Christmas lights switch-on at 5pm and night-time projections by artist Neville Gabie with Trampoline.
Orchard is a public art commission by Neville Gabie. To celebrate the square’s unique history as a wholesale market, apple trees have been planted as part of the redevelopment. The trees will one day produce fruit for all to enjoy.
Further activities are planned with an exhibition at the Surface Gallery (Friday 9 December – Thursday 22 December) with Rebecca Beinart, Oliver Dalby, Mathew Trivett and Wayne Burrows, including talks and workshops on Saturday 10 December, and a feast & bonfire on Sunday 11 December at Stonebridge City Farm, 4pm – 8pm.
The City Council is continuing to offer shoppers wanting to visit Sneinton Market Square one hour’s free parking at the Council’s Sneinton Market Square (Aberdeen Street) Car Park. This was introduced in January 2011 to support local businesses and market traders during the construction of the new square.
Shoppers and visitors to the new square who want to park for longer can continue to use the Sneinton Market Square Car Park, for a reasonable rate, or the Council’s nearby Nottingham Arena car park on Brook Street.
Councillor Jane Urquhart, Portfolio Holder for Planning and Transportation, said: “Citizens and visitors alike will be able to enjoy this new public space, along with the superb new state-of-the-art facilities at the new Victoria Leisure Centre when it opens in a few short months. Together these projects will help to breathe new life into, and improve the economic vitality of, the area.”
Wendy Honeyman-Smith, from the Sneinton Community Traders, which runs the various markets at Sneinton Market Square, said: “We have some really exciting plans to introduce new markets to Sneinton Market Square in the near future. On top of our regular twice weekly markets on a Monday and Saturday, we will have a themed market every Saturday, a student market on Wednesdays, and ‘Something for the Weekend’ as Friday evening gets underway.
“While we have really enjoyed hosting markets on nearby Gedling Street, which the City Council has also dramatically improved, we are looking forward to being back on Sneinton Market Square. The Council has introduced integrated power and water supplies which the traders can easily tap into so they don’t need to bring their own generators.”
Connecting Eastside, which includes the transformation of Sneinton Market, aims to encourage more visitors to the area, through redeveloping the square and stimulating the wider regeneration of the area. It has created better pedestrian and cycling links between the city centre, St Ann’s and Sneinton, as well as improving traffic movements around the eastside of the city.
The Connecting Eastside scheme also complements the redevelopment of Victoria Leisure Centre, and will spark other regeneration projects in the area, such as the proposed relocation of Dance4 to an all purpose built international centre in the nearby area.
While many new features have been introduced to the square, including a stage area, granite benches and new trees; a new water feature, which gets its water pumped from the new Victoria Leisure Centre, will be officially switched-on when the new centre opens in the spring.
Other minor finishing works will also continue to take place around the new leisure centre and in and around other parts of the square.
As part of the works to create the new square 4,000 square metres of new paving were laid (the equivalent of two Victoria Leisure Centres), and 2,000 tonnes of concrete, the equivalent of filling one and a half leisure centre swimming pools, has been poured.
For more information about the transformation of Sneinton Market Square visit:www.mynottingham.gov.uk/sneintonsquare
For more information about the transformation of Victoria Leisure Centre visit:
For more information about the markets at Sneinton Market Square visit:www.sneintonmarket.co.uk
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