We’ll we’ve just buried the time capsule under Sneinton Market Square, hopefully it won’t see light of day for a further 25 years, if it does then something has gone wrong.
Today is a further step in the renaissance of Sneinton Market. We (that is Sneinton Community Traders, most local businesses and the City Council) have all put in lots of time, effort and money into this project. I am really looking forward to the 10th December (This year) when the market resumes its rightful place on the square. Over the past months I have been greatly encouraged by the number of groups wishing to get involved in the renewal of the market. I really believe that when the market reaches anywhere near its possible growth it will become a catalyst for the regeneration of the local area.
Not only have we plans to resume the Saturday and Monday Markets, but themed markets for Wednesdays and Fridays. The square is not just about somewhere for the Market to sit on, but to become a destination point for all local people, Sneinton and St Ann’s alike. The Square should be a shared resource for the local communities, a place for Music events, Arts, Dance, festivals, the possibilities are almost limitless.
Now for the downside.
This is what is called the ‘Mastodon in the Room’ , and yes we all know what I am talking about. Yes, the burnt out units facing the square. The Units caught fire nearly over 4 years ago (April 2007), and since then nothing (physical) has been done. There has been many, many discussions between developers, lease holders and the City Council, but nobody seems to have the will to do something, it’s as if the powers that be just ran out of energy on the last lap and said “oh well its only Sneinton/St Ann’s, it’ll do”. All this time and effort, not wasted, but it could have been so much more, Sneinton Market deserves more, no it demands more.
It’s now down to the developers of the Units, if you want a return on the investment you have made in purchasing the buildings, spend a little bit more on tidying up the units, I don’t expect a full repair, but make them safe, replace the glass and paint the outside. There are enough local groups and businesses more than willing to clear the interiors and start to use them, you would even start to get rentals.
Overall its a great time to be involved in Sneinton Market and I can see a great future for it. If you think about it a market is a great place to start a business, very low overheads and we are planning lots of market exposure, that helps your business and keeps the market growing.
I’d like to invite you all down to Sneinton Market Square on the 10th December, where we will have a special event to celebrate the Winter festivals and the welcoming home of Sneinton Market!