The Stalybridge Town Centre Challenge invites the local community to come along to a consultation open day at Stalybridge Market Hall on 6 October to give their views on the future of Stalybridge town centre.
In February this year, Andy Burnham, the Greater Manchester Mayor, launched the Greater Manchester Town Centre Challenge – an ambitious new initiative to regenerate urban centres across Greater Manchester. Stalybridge was agreed as the Tameside town centre.
While the Town Centre Challenge itself does not bring with it extra pots of money, it is an opportunity to raise the profile of Stalybridge and attract investment from a range of organisations. To attract that investment we need a clear plan for a vibrant town centre. And to put together that plan we need the views of local people whether that is residents, businesses or visitors.
On Saturday 6 October from 11am to 3pm there will be an open consultation event where you can give your views and have an input to how Stalybridge town centre can change and improve. The event is a drop in so come along whenever you want between those times to have your say and share your ideas.
Work to transform Stalybridge town centre is not new. Over the years a number of projects have seen improvements including most recently the Summer Quays development. The Town Centre Challenge is a once in a generation opportunity to take things a step further.
There are some key issues that are already known and have been expressed clearly – empty shops, derelict sites and the impact of changing shopping habits on the retail offer. Better transport connections and a more diverse night time offer are other comments often raised.
Alongside these concerns Stalybridge has much to offer, particularly in terms of public realm and heritage – the Civic Hall, library and canal side being good examples. And the flip side of empty shops and derelict sites is space for exciting new developments.
If a plan for Stalybridge town centre is going to work, and have a real impact, it needs to be a shared vision – something that everyone can work together on and drive forward. That shared vision and common goals needs to be based on the views of the local community.
So everyone with an interest in the future of Stalybridge town centre is encouraged to come along and have their say on what they think should be included in the plan!
Notes to Editors
The consultation open day is being organised and delivered by Cushman Wakefield on behalf of the Stalybridge Town Centre Challenge.
(Issued by Tameside Council on behalf of the Stalybridge Town Centre Challenge)
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