Ashton market scheme gets go ahead

Plans to redevelop the market square in Ashton-Under-Lyne as part of the £76m regeneration of the town centre have been approved by Tameside Council.

The redevelopment will see the introduction of new stalls and kiosks, landscaping and trees, performance and seating areas, as well as street furniture and lighting.

The plans were submitted to the council in June, after a consultation with traders, shoppers and residents.

The scheme is part of the Vision Tameside masterplan, which will see Tameside College relocate to the town centre.

The council said the change to the number of people working and studying in Ashton would provide a major boost to the market, shops and retailers, and attract new investment and businesses to the town and the wider Tameside area.

Alongside the redevelopment of the market site, the council is developing a range of initiatives to help attract traders. The aim is to ensure there is a greater choice of goods on offer which will appeal to more shoppers.

Cllr Bill Fairfoull, chairman of Ashton Town Team, said: "Ashton Market Square holds a special place in the hearts of the public and traders alike. Both the indoor and outdoor markets offer great choice, high quality and value for money, but we are also looking to improve the area for the future while ensuring we retain its charm and appeal.

"The plans have been developed following extensive consultation to ensure the space is attractive yet functional and provides an appealing and inviting place to shop, socialise and do business."

Phased work will start early next year and is expected to complete before Christmas 2015.

IBI Taylor Young is the architect on the scheme.

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