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Eviction of Creative Enterprises at 30-year-old Canning Circus Creative Hub

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Petition update: June 2017: COUNCIL U-TURN ON PROMISE TO CCCH

CCCH is now under serious threat due to 'health & safety concerns' after four years of false promises of a refit.


Many thanks for the help in 2013 but sadly we need your help again, please!

After over 30 highly successful years of putting Nottingham on the map with globally acclaimed creative enterprises, Canning Circus Creative Hub faces eviction to make way for yet more apartments in Nottingham City Centre. The landlord, Nottingham City Council, despite pocketing a £50k grant secured by The Hub, is seeking to destroy The Hub's impressive legacy in order to cash-in on developing the site.

Back in 2013, we were threatened with eviction and mounted a successful media campaign which resulted in Nottingham City Council accepting that we should be allowed to stay and promising us a much-needed refit to bring our long neglected buildings up to modern spec.

Four years later, after waiting patiently for works to begin, we are now being threatened with eviction again and it turns out Nottingham City Council have been developing plans to sell off The Hub, along with all the other publicly owned buildings in the Grade 2 listed block for conversion to, “attractive rental accommodation”. Developers Mabec Property has even been advertising our building as available for redevelopment since 2016, despite no attempts to follow due procedure with any sort of planning application. 

The City Council's latest attempt to get us out of our premises has taken the form of them raising concerns about health and safety. They have even reported us to The Fire Service, claiming our buildings are unsafe. We see such actions as dirty tricks, especially when The City Council is our landlord and we have paid rent to them for so long for buildings which they themselves now claim are unsafe.

Canning Circus Creative Hub has operated for over 30 years without any assistance from the public purse and has consistently delivered an incredible legacy for The City of Nottingham. We now face a fight for survival which our creative enterprises, and our great city itself, can not afford us to lose.

So, we are now reopening our petition to Nottingham City Council Leader, Councillor Jon Collins and Councillor Nick McDonald. We invite them, along with Peter Carroll, Head of Portfolio Investment and Development to answer 3 big questions;

1. When will Nottingham City Council begin their meticulously planned and promised refit, to ensure The Hub remains an asset to our 30+ businesses as well as to those in the broader creative community of Nottingham, whom we mentor?

2. Why does Nottingham City Council suddenly claim to have, “significant concerns relating to the use of building”, even though we have been creatives here for over 30 years and when little has changed since 2013 when we were recognised as an important centre of creative expertise?

3. Will Nottingham City Council publicly assure us that we will not be evicted in any way relating to them, as landlords neglecting their own property?

Please sign and share our petition. Thank you so much for your support.

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BBC Radio Nottingham News interview 7/4/17 

Nottingham Post article 10/4/17

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We appreciate your support.

Mike Wynne, Coordinator, Canning Circus Creative Hub



The Canning Circus Creative Hub (CCCH) is a collection of over 20 creative small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), some of which are now at serious risk of eviction, with no support, financial or otherwise, from the Labour-controlled Nottingham city council (NCC).  With a lack of equivalent property, facilities, rates, etc., in and around Nottingham, many of these businesses may be forced to close or relocate out of the city.

Rather than issue an eviction date, NCC has stated that they want the SMEs at 175-179 Wollaton Street to disperse quietly by June 2014.  The artists' cooperative at 179 has existed there since 1984.

With the very public headline of a £60m investment in a ‘Creative Quarter’ aimed at attracting creative talent to the city, NCC has decided to dismantle our successful creative hub and will, therefore, allow this pool of talent and experience to drift away from the city.  The hub has been completely self-sustaining financially for 30 years.  We export the Nottingham creative brand worldwide with an impressive track record of national and international output and ambassadorship over the years.

In addition, we have offered valuable opportunities to many aspiring artists, technicians, promoters and SMEs over the years through various mentoring and tutoring programmes.  At least one of the CCCH members taught and nurtured 15-year-old musician Jake Bugg.  Jake and the current awesome crop of Nottingham talent are finding success which is founded on the efforts of those who installed Nottingham’s creative infrastructure over many years.  CCCH made a real contribution to that infrastructure.

We now face the very real and imminent loss or our premises, our community and our livelihood.  This is not good for the social and economic capital of Nottingham on many levels.

We would like Cllr Jon Collins, leader of NCC, to answer the following questions:

1. Why was our longstanding expertise and pool of talent, existing without recourse to public funds, ignored during the set up of the Creative Quarter?

2. Do you have any concern for the livelihoods of the creative people housed in NCC-owned property in Canning Circus?

3. Why did it take a social media campaign and MP involvement to get offers of ANY support?

4. How is an apparently homogenised plan for student flats in the Canning Circus area justified against claims to support local independent SMEs?  Precipitous turnover drops in the summer trading months are a real problem for independent businesses.

We appreciate your support.

Mike Wynne, Coordinator, Canning Circus Creative Hub

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