An ambitious new vision to create the town centre of the future in a Greater Manchester town is set to go to public consultation, before being marketed to potential development partners. Oldham Council has been developing a masterplan looking ahead to 2035, with key schemes across five strategic town centre sites totalling 21 acres. The benefits would be the provision of new homes, 55,000 sq metres of new and refurbished employment space, and economic activity worth an additional £50m per annum to Oldham’s economy. The masterplan seeks to remodel Oldham town centre to match the local authority’s aspirations for it to be a vibrant place with high quality attractions, an excellent cultural and shopping offer and a night-time economy that make it stand out as a destination within Greater Manchester. If every masterplan element

is delivered it could be worth an estimated 560 full time jobs during construction, plus up to 700 new operational jobs in Oldham. A priority proposal in

this plan is to deliver a new Tommyfield Market on the existing site, with a new 600-capacity multi-storey car park adjacent to attract addi t ional foot fal l , plus complementary new retail/ leisure units and quality public spaces. A new Civic Hub is

also proposed using land including the former Oldham Sports Centre to host a multi-

New vision for cotton town

Under a proposed regeneration scheme Oldham’s famous Tommyfield Market would be re-designed and rebuilt on its current site

agency public sector centre providing more effective accommodation and cost sharing, plus new commercial office space. The masterplan identifies

a large number of publicly owned sites that are underused or no longer fit for purpose. These include Tommyfield Market, the Civic Centre, Oldham Police Station, the former Oldham Sports Centre and Oldham Magistrates Court, and the current Oldham Coliseum Theatre.

Existing movement and footfall in Oldham town centre has been analysed and anticipated future pressures on housing, school places, public services and infrastructure are also factored in.

Jean Stretton, Oldham Council Leader, said: “This is the biggest forward planning exercise we’ve ever had for Oldham town centre – it’s exciting and it’s about the kind of place we want it to be in the future.” “Many positive regeneration schemes are already improving our town centre – like the Old Town Hall, the Cultural Quarter with a new Coliseum Theatre, and the Independent Quarter – but we cannot make the mistake of standing still. “This is about agreeing

the type of place we want Oldham to be and having a clear plan to achieve it. The plan will be shaped and refined further as residents, partners, business and traders have their say in

Apology for disruption

North Lincolnshire Council leader, Cllr Rob Waltham, has apologised for any inconvenience caused by the start of a 17 week programme of road works which are being undertaken as part of an £800,000 plan for a new Ashby Market.

ISSN 2057–6781 The leader added that

efforts would be made to keep disruption to a minimum, pointing out other areas where people could park whilst work is ongoing. Cllr Waltham told local

media at the beginning of July: “Work started this week on transforming Ashby Broadway to make way for the new street style Ashby Market that is expected to be ready in autumn this year. “We are investing around

£800,000 to relocate Ashby Market. This is the most significant investment there has been in Ashby for a generation. “The new Ashby Market

will be in a busier and more prominent area of Ashby and market traders will get passing trade from shoppers, providing more opportunities for the traders. “There are four car

parks located in Ashby on Bottesford Road, Alexandra

extensive consultation over the coming year. “The plan looks to improve connections in and between different sites so that footfall and movement works better. It also strives to increase town centre resident, visitor and user numbers to make it a place that thrives round the clock. “We have the opportunity to

do what other local authorities have done and look to share assets and cut costs with public sector partners to benefit everyone. “We also have a fantastic opportunity to attract private sector development partners into a joint venture to deliver this scheme, or specific elements of it, and we’re confident this will be attractive to them.

Road, Ashby High Street and Collum Avenue/School Road, which can be used for parking whilst work is carried out on Broadway. “It is free to park for two

hours on weekdays and all day on Saturdays and Sundays in all of these car parks. “We apologise for any inconvenience caused by the works being carried out – we aim to keep disruption to a minimum. “Once work has been completed, parking will be available again on Broadway except on Thursday market days.”

It is one of the biggest

and most ambitious town centre schemes in Greater Manchester. Oldham Council anticipate

taking this opportunity to market by the end of 2017 with a view to appointing a preferred delivery partner (or partners) by summer 2018.

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Bishop Auckland’s revitalised market

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First time in profit for Lincoln Christmas Market

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Enjoy a wonderful shopping experience in its beautiful Victorian Covered Market, Arcade Shops and T.K. Maxx & Wilko Stores.

Opening Times: The Market Hall

Monday to Saturday, 8am to 5pm. Stall opening times vary. Wilko

Monday to Saturday, 8am to 6pm. Sunday, 10.30am to 4.30pm. T.K. Maxx

Monday to Saturday, 9am to 6pm. Sunday, 11am to 5pm. (Times subject to change).


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