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Some big plans in the offing for Stalybridge. 7 Miles East of Manchester City Centre with fantastic transport links, up to 6 trains an hour to Piccadilly (0 stops) or Victoria (1 stop) taking 15 mins.

Nestled in the foothills of the pennines, with the River Tame & Huddersfield canal running through the centre.

Always feels on the cusp of being a wonderful commuter town, hopefully with planned investment, it can achieve its potential:

Plans progressing for Town Team Challenge

May 1, 2018 Tony Bugby

PLANS are gathering pace to make Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham’s Town Team Challenge become a reality in Stalybridge.

Stalybridge was selected as Tameside’s nominee town in February and this was followed by a meeting for key stakeholders at Stalybridge Civic Hall in March.

Since then, Tameside has worked with the GM Mayor’s office to turn the regeneration of the town centre from an ambition to a reality.

Stalybridge’s Cllr Adrian Pearce has been asked by new Tameside Council leaders Cllr Brenda Warrington to chair a partnership group of key stakeholders.

He said: “From the meeting in March it was clear that the Town Centre Challenge had already raised the profile of the town and brought increased interest from a number of organisations.

“The mayor has responsibility for a huge range of funding across Greater Manchester, and it is our aim to take every opportunity to access these funding pots for the benefit of Stalybridge.”

Cllr Pearce outlined three key things that have happened.

• Firstly, at the stakeholder meeting, key organisations pledged their support for this initiative, including the Greater Manchester Pension Fund, a key landholder as well as Homes England.

Work will begin to examine funding options to bring derelict brownfield sites forward for housing development.

• Secondly, a bid has been made for money from the Greater Manchester Housing Deal to plan the regeneration of Stalybridge and key development sites.

This money will help to turn the ‘Stalybridge Town Centre Vision’ a document recently produced by the nationally renowned Simpson-Haugh architects – into a reality.

The vision document identified five key themes to help to revitalise the town centre.

• Thirdly, Cllr Pearce has been asked by the new leader of Tameside Council, Cllr Brenda Warrington, to head up this initiative and chair a partnership group of key stakeholders, including local councillors from both parties, the Town Team and the Greater Manchester Pension Fund.


Cllr Adrian Pearce and his partner Christine Beardmore show off one of the plans to redevelop Stalybridge town centre

Cllr Pearce said: “I was honoured to accept this challenge.

“I live, shop and socialise in the town and appreciate its fantastic potential.

“It won’t happen overnight, but there are so many good things in Stalybridge on which we can build.

“The partnership’s first task is to develop the vision into a realistic masterplan based on the key themes in the existing vision document for the regeneration of Stalybridge.

“This process will include walkabouts and other events in late May and June during which local people will be able to contribute their views.

“At the same time, the partnership will work with local people and stakeholders to revitalise the market hall, plan better walking and cycling routes and talk with local people and businesses to get their ideas about bringing different cultural and leisure choices to Stalybridge.”
http://www.stalybridgecorrespondent.co.uk/2018/05/01/plans-progressing-for-town-team-challenge/
 

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Some current development activity:


Summers Quay, Armentieres Square (Rowlinson Developments), 67 Apartments + Up to 4 Retail Units

http://summersquay.co.uk/










Riverside, Castle Street (Rowlinson Developments), 38+18 Apartments










Stamford Street, 6 Apartments






Melbourne Street, 6 Apartments




Other small develoments include 2 new retail units on Armentieres Square:




And refurbishment & reinstatement of 4 commercial units on Trinity Street, opposite the Victoria Market Hall




And we're still hoping the underused Victoria Market Hall will be utilised like Altrincham & Mackie Mayor Market Halls! Fingers crossed!





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Calling all Stalybridge residents – your help is needed to create an exciting future for your town.

A community consultation event on the Stalybridge Town Centre Challenge is taking place at Stalybridge Market Hall on Saturday 6th October from 11am to 3pm.

It’s a chance to find out more about what this initiative could mean for you and your town – but more importantly to have your say.

Stalybridge was announced as Tameside’s nominee for the Mayor of Greater Manchester’s Town Centre Challenge earlier this year.
It brings together housing providers, public and private landowners, developers, community groups and other key stakeholders to support Tameside Council in unlocking the town centre’s potential, particularly to deliver a viable housing market and sustainable community.

It’s a great opportunity to design a unique vision for regeneration in Stalybridge that creates the ideal place to live, shop and do business.
The Town Challenge Partnership Board now wants your input as it begins to draw up a plan for the Town Centre.

The drop-in event provides the opportunity to meet local councillors and partnership members and talk to the consultants from Simpson Haugh and Cushman Wakefield, who are helping to draw together the plan.
https://www.facebook.com/TamesideCouncil/photos/a.499994713375/10156527062443376/?type=3&theater
 

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Now I've got used to it and work is finishing up, Summers Quay really doesn't look that bad.

The retail units have to let signs in them, a while ago rumours were that a Lidl would go there, but that's disappeared now, and the current rumour is a gym and a Costa. Neither would surprise me but I don't think the Costa is entirely likely.
 

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Needs a restaurant and/or coffee shop there, would work with the paved area looking out onto the canal. I wouldn’t even mind if it was a brand (eg Pizza Express etc) just to get some added footfall and evening vibe.
 

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I think you'd have a job getting a chain restaurant to open in Stalybridge! It'd flop almost immediately. Costa is about the only thing I see being remotely possible, and that's because they'll open anywhere and we already have a Wetherspoon.
 

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There has to be a point where you say that a particular centre just isn't significant enough to justify further retail/commercial development. If you spread things too thinly you jeopardise not just the smaller centres but the larger ones too.

Stalybridge really needs to accept being more of a nice commuter suburb. Ashton should probably do similar, minus the word nice, rather than being Pound Shop Land with a new (and somehow worse) market full of cheap lighters and knock off tat.
 

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Crying out for an Alti Market house style conversion. Fantastic building and very much the landmark building in Stalybridge.

They also had their first ‘Foodie Friday’ in the town centre which was very busy, so the demand for more food-led establishments is there.

Thankfully a new Bistro/Bar/Restaurant is opening underneath Summers Quay too serving food from breakfast until late and coffees & cocktails etc. For such a prominent location, it’s ideal.
 

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We don’t do bad for large parks in Stalybridge, what with the outstanding Stamford Park, the more peaceful Cheetham Park feat. Eastwood Nature Reserve, Gorse Hall and Stalybridge Country Park.

With the river, canal, transport links (Transpennine links & 15mins to Manchester via train) and future Metrolink, new interchange, plus promised investment into the high street & Market Hall, it’s on the cusp of good times again.
 
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