Bury launches 10-year urban vision
Improvements to towns including Prestwich, Radcliffe and Ramsbottom are included in a council strategy to improve the lives of its residents over the next decade.
In Prestwich, Bury Council wants to deliver a mix of housing types and boost the number of community facilities on offer, including the provision of a new library, according to the Bury 2030 plan unveiled this week.
In Radcliffe, which has recently adopted its own Strategic Regeneration Framework, the council hopes to see a number of projects brought to fruition, including an expansion of the Market Hall and Market Chambers, and a redevelopment of the East Lancashire Paper Mill Site into housing.
Bury itself has a number of pipeline projects that could be delivered between now and 2030, according to the strategy, but the council said its main focus is on bringing forward an improved market hall and transport interchange.
The council is seeking to appoint a consultancy to draw up a separate masterplan for Bury town centre.
The focus for Ramsbottom is on reducing the amount of traffic on the town’s roads and encouraging a shift towards active travel such as walking and cycling. The council also aims to develop a ‘townscape plan’ that would deliver improvements to the town centre over the next decade.
Cllr Eamonn O’Brien, leader of Bury Council, said: “Bury 2030 started last year when 1,100 people from around the borough gave us their thoughts, wishes and concerns [for the local area].
“This feedback has helped to produce this latest plan but, if it is to succeed, it must have widespread support from all sections of the community, including residents and businesses, young and old.
“This is not a council plan, it belongs to us all, and we can all play a role in making it happen. That’s why we’re inviting everyone to join in and help produce a plan that is backed by Bury.”
As well as improvements to town centres, the roadmap, for which an eight-week consultation has been launched, aims to drive improvements in community health, boost inclusion and interaction between different groups, and create a more environmentally friendly borough.