Great Central Railway takes over Greenacres Centre

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A Leicester community centre which has stood empty for four years could become a tourism centre under new plans.

The £1.7m Greenacres Centre in Mowmacre Hill had been unused since the original developer folded in 2008.

An agreement has now been reached between the city council and the Great Central Railway attraction.

The two buildings, which are close to the railway's Leicester North station, will house a restaurant and training facilities.

City Mayor Peter Soulsby said: "We've worked closely with the railway to agree a way forward that will support its future aspirations and still deliver the training opportunities and community involvement that was always intended for the site.

"It also offers huge potential for future development of tourism in the area, which already has fantastic attractions in the National Space Centre and Abbey Pumping Station."

Bill Ford, managing director of Great Central Railway, said: "We aim to create a vibrant tourism, training and employment centre and we want this to demonstrate our commitment to the city council as a major shareholder and to the wider local community.

"This is a really big opportunity for the railway and the city to work together. We're grateful to Leicester City Council for responding so positively to our proposals and we look forward to a healthy partnership."

The new restaurant will open at the beginning of April.

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