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New £9m Victoria Leisure Centre opens


A Nottingham leisure centre, which has undergone a £9m improvement scheme, has opened to the public. Work to modernise the 100-year-old Victoria Leisure Centre began in 2010. New facilities include a six-lane, 25m swimming pool, a fully equipped gym and a separate children’s splash area. Hundreds marched through Nottingham to protest against the possible closure of the building and some ...

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Campaigners march to save Victoria Leisure Centre

Alan Lodge, Photographer tash@indymedia.org

Hundreds of campaigners hoping to save a 100-year-old leisure centre in Nottingham have been protesting in the city centre. The city council has backed plans to replace the Victoria Leisure Centre in Sneinton with a £9m sports complex. But those opposing the plan took to the streets with a march from the Old Market Square to Sneinton market. Councillor David ...

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Traders aim to redevelop market


Traders at a Nottingham outdoor market say they hope a new 10-year agreement with Nottingham City council will help invigorate sales. The city council is allowing market traders to operate independently for the first time. The Sneinton Market is due to move to a new location in 18 months to allow redevelopment at the current site. “We hope by expanding ...

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Fire damages market


Fire has damaged part of a building in Nottingham’s Sneinton Market. Nearby shops had to be evacuated as nearly 40 firefighters tackled the flames on Sunday afternoon. The fire started in one of the long buildings in the old wholesale market. The site is now home to industrial units and shops. Firefighters saved two thirds of the block, but six ...

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Nottingham’s Sneinton Market re-opens after £6.8m revamp


A market in Nottingham that has undergone a £6.8m transformation has been officially opened to the public. Sneinton Market’s revamp features a larger space to be used for public performances, markets, festivals and community events. Apple trees have also been planted to celebrate the area’s history as a wholesale market. The transformation was part of the city council’s plans to ...

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Sneinton Market Transformation Under Way


The transformation of Sneinton Market in Nottingham into a public square is getting under way. The aim is to create a new space to be used for public performances, markets, festivals and community events. It forms part of the £6.8m “Connecting Eastside” scheme. The redevelopment of the Victoria Leisure Centre on the edge of Sneinton Market has already started. Local ...

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Sneinton Market On Film


See the fantastical roofscape of the Victoria Buildings … a gang battle on the market square… the arrival of digital watches on the stalls … Peggers’ early morning customers … The Heritage Lottery Funded ‘Stories of Sneinton Market’ team are hosting an evening showing short films, all starring Sneinton Market. A clip taken from a film of a Stephen Lowe ...

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King William The IV


On first glance the King William IV seems like the sort of old-fashioned Victorian corner boozer that would fit neatly into a Patrick Hamilton novel. Then you look again and see the smart splash of damson pink wrapped around its lower half upon which is written in a wavy, italicised script, “Micro Ales from near and far”. I had been ...

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