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Merry Christmas SERVING THE NATION’S TRADERS SINCE 1922 www.market-trader.co.uk DECEMBER 22, 2017 - JANUARY 4, 2018 Planned link to market


Plans to acquire two properties in Leicester as part of an ongoing vision to improve the city were announced recently by Leicester City Council. The authority will buy adjoin-


ing properties at numbers 11 and 15 on the city’s Horsefair Street for the sum of £1.1m. The property at 15 Horsefair


Street, which is currently vacant, will be demolished to make way for a wider and more attractive pedestrian link between Town Hall Square and Leicester Market. The existing nar row, covered alley will be replaced by a more open and inviting new walkway, finished in high quality materials which will match those used on the recently completed new Market Square. This will re-establish a visual


link between the historic Town Hall Square and the Grade II-listed Corn Exchange, and – it is hoped – will also help address issues of antisocial behaviour in the area. The overall cost of the project


including the demolition of the building and the creation of the new walkway will be in the region of £500,000. The second of the two properties, which were offered for sale as a package, will be retained by the council as an investment property and will continue to be leased as a retail unit.


City Mayor Peter Soulsby


told local media: “This purchase presents us with an exciting opportunity to make some much needed improvements to this part of the city centre. “As it stands, the existing


alley through to Leicester Market is cramped, uninviting and at tracts ant i -social behaviour. The building itself detracts from the stunning architecture around it. “By demolishing it, we can


create a much wider and more welcoming link between Town Hall Square and Leicester Market. This will build on the ambitious improvements already well underway at the market and help give the wider area an extra boost. “The second property represents a good investment opportunity for the council and will continue to be cherished as an important part of the historic street scene. “It is vital that we invest in


improving our city centre to help ensure that Leicester continues to grow and thrive as a great place to live, work and invest in and as a really attractive destination for visitors.” Leicester’s new market


square was part of the second phase of redevelopment after the opening of the city’s new food hall in 2014, which won Britain’s Best Food Market 2015.


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Time out at Darwen Town Hall and market


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Tales from Christmas markets across the UK


Page 19 A digital image of how the new walkway will look.


There are also plans to revamp the outdoor market next year, an investment which will include new stalls, lighting and a rain canopy among other improvements. The multimillion pound


square is now the premier event space in Leicester city centre, located conveniently just behind the outdoor market and food hall, a stone’s throw away from the King Richard III Visitor Centre, the old town and cathedral, as well as the city’s most


popular shopping centre, the Highcross. The square was yet another addition to Mayor Soulsby’s vision of Connecting Leicester, its purpose being to create “a thriving heart of the city that takes away the barriers and greatly improves the connections between key places within the city.” The ultimate aim is to improve the connections between Leicester’s sh o ppin g, l e isu r e , heritage, housing and


Don’t miss the deadline


Twenty years since HMRC took its first step into the digital age with the birth of electronic Self Assessment (SA), the department is reminding customers to complete their online tax return ahead of the January 31 deadline. In 1997, the Inland Revenue


introduced an electronic option for tax returns. Agents were sent floppy disks to help complete their SA which was then returned to the department.


ISSN 2057–6781 This year, two decades


on, more than ten million customers are expected to complete their tax return online.


Angela MacDonald,


HMRC Director General of Customer Services, said: “Twenty years ago, filing Self Assessment returns on a mobile phone would have been unimaginable. “Today, completing your


Self Assessment via your Personal Tax Account can be done anywhere or at any time; on the bus, in a coffee shop or while watching TV, using your phone, a tablet or a computer. With our videos and webinars with hints, tips


and live support it’s now easier than ever before. “The deadline for returning


your Self Assessment, and paying any tax owed, is 31 January 2018 – do it now and enjoy the festive period.” HMRC now has online webchats, live webinars, YouTube videos and social media support for customers which can be accessed at any time, and on any device, to help them fill in and file their returns.


Some tips to remember: 1. The deadline for Self Assessment returns is 31 January.


2. If you are filing your 2016/17 Self Assessment return online for the first time, you will need to create a Government Gateway account if you haven’t already got one. It’s easy to do, go to www. gov.uk/selfassessment


3. Help is available from the GOV.UK website at www. gov.uk/selfassessment or from t h e S e lf Assessment helpline on 0300 200 3310.


4. Always type in full online address (www.hmrc.gov. uk) to obtain the correct link to file your SA return online securely and free of charge.


From all the team at Market Trader.


transport facilities. The purchase of the two properties on Horsefair Street and proposed improvement scheme will be funded with cash set aside for the Leicester Economic Action Plan, and prudential borrowing through the council’s Investment Property Fund.


Boxing Day: the aftermath


Merry Christmas to all our


readers and advertisers!


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