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Petition to Jon Collins, Graham Chapman, Peter Carroll

Eviction of creative SMEs at 30-year-old Canning Circus Creative Hub

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. Dear supporters, We need your help again. In 2013 thanks to your help, eviction was dropped and our landlord, Nottingham City Council, promised a refit to bring our 3 buildings up to decent modern spec. We were encouraged to quickly close this petition; then press releases appeared reflecting this as a success story for Nottingham’s Creatives and the Council. Refit plans were eventually agreed, then promised start dates came and went. Nearly 4 years later, we still have no heating and our buildings have been branded a 'potential H&S concern' by Nottingham City Council, our own landlord! Wrefit plans are now off the table, instead  Peter Carroll, new Head of Portfolio Investment & Development, has stated, “we have significant concerns relating to the use of the building”. Meanwhile, Cllr McDonald has not responded to any CCd messages, despite him explicitly promising in 2013 to help unlock things should the need arise.  During this time Nottingham City Council has been developing its own plans to sell-off our hub, along with all the other publicly owned buildings in this grade 2 listed block, for conversion to 'attractive rental accommodation'. Many blocks nearby have been converted to large scale  student blocks. Our buildings are clearly cited in this advert from late 2016  We also won £50k grant from SCAPE to enhance our important creative facilities and take them forward to new generations of upcoming creative entrepreneurs. As far as we know that £50k is now in a Nottingham City Council bank account ‘ring fenced’. BBC Radio Nottingham reported on 7/4/17 that the council would be seeking to make contact to resolve. They haven't. No answers have emerged, despite our repeated requests for a meeting; only doubts about the cost, which appears to have risen by half.. and now concerns are being raised about the H&S of the building. There is still absoultely no mention of the creative or financial cost of the oss of our 30 businesses to the indie ecosystem of retail and creatives that is Canning Circus. So we’re reopening the petition to City Council leader Cllr Jon Collins & Cllr Nick McDonald and also invite Peter Carroll, Head of Portfolio Investment & Development, to answer 3 big questions. 1.   When will Nottingham City Council begin their meticulously planned and promised refit, to ensure we remain an asset to our now 30+ businesses, and to those in the broader creative community of Nottingham that we mentor?  2.   Why does Nottingham City Council suddenly have some “significant concerns relating to the use of the building”, even though we have been creatives here for 30 years -  and little has changed since 2013, when we were recognised as an important centre of creative expertise? 3.   Will they publicly assure us that we will not be evicted in any way simply because they as landlords neglect their own property?  SCAPE fund win BBC Radio Nottingham News interview 7/4/17  Nottingham Post article 10/4/17 Original East Midlands Today News Report We appreciate your support. Mike Wynne, Coordinator, Canning Circus Creative Hub   ORIGINAL PETITION FROM 2013 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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