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Lidl was selected as the preferred retail partner for Mocha Parade

Lidl to take centre stage in Mocha Parade regeneration

Dan Whelan

Salford City Council has selected Lidl as its preferred retail partner as part of its plans to regenerate Mocha Parade at Lower Broughton.

Lidl, a UK-based supermarket chain, claims to have 790 stores across the country including 14 in the Greater Manchester area.

Formal planning applications are expected to be submitted to the council in the spring, with work expected to start later this year.

Mocha Parade, situated close to the River Irwell, has suffered decline in recent decades and only eight businesses remain at the precinct, which opened in the early 1970s.

In addition to the supermarket, the plans to regenerate Mocha Parade also include a new NHS health centre, more details of which are set to be announced in the coming weeks as discussions with Salford Clinical Commissioning Group advance.

Salford’s deputy city mayor Cllr John Merry, said: “[Selecting] Lidl as our preferred retail partner is part of a long-term plan to revitalise the whole Broughton area, which has seen considerable investment in new homes, schools and parks over the last few years.

“We now want to create a thriving, vibrant local shopping centre for the community.”

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We’ve reached a new low when building a Lidl is classed as helping to regenerate the area. There’s already two Lidls nearby – why not think a bit outside the box? This area is on the edge of Manchester city centre so more ambitious thinking and consideration of a long term plan would be welcome here. This area has been neglected for so long, and it deserves more than a discount supermarket. You could build modern retail spaces, bars, restaurants – it’s really a blank canvas that’s being let down by a lack of ambition and foresight.

By Anonymous

Anonymous – bars, restaurants? you clearly aren’t very familiar with Lower Broughton !!

By VOR

Surely even Lidl could put the odd tree in their car parks

By Anonymous

VOR – I know the area fairly well considering I live there. Fortunately, the world isn’t made up of people who want to maintain the status quo, and I won’t apologise for wanting the place I live to improve. If you build it, they will come, and the people moving into the thousands of new homes being built in the area will hopefully be more ambitious than you are.

By Anonymous

I agree with VOR.
As much as we’d all want the next Didsbury in Lower Broughton, a Lidl seems appropriate in this location.
It’s not just a blank canvas, there’s an existing community that probably won’t want a selection of boutique stores, cafes or whatever fancy crap you have in your head. Not yet anyway.

By L

VOR. The new houses on Great Clowes street are selling for 200 grand. How is there not a market around there for nothing more than a Lidl? This area also has a riverside. It is ripe for someone with more than a modicum of Imagination to extend the city centre further.

By Elephant

Fully agree with Anonymous and Elephant, as a resident of the area, planners and decision makers are showing a serious lack of ambition with developments like this. Over the last few years the area has undergone a period of radical transformation and with it the demographics of the area have changed too. Residents are crying out for better community assets, there are already 2 Lidl’s within less than a mile of this site. WE CAN DO BETTER THAN THIS!

By 0161

The area is like the rest of Manchester’s regeneration areas, just plonk middle class people in amongst the most deprived communities in the UK and see what happens.

By Dan

The Cliff is ripe for redevelopment. It is a beautiful area and if it was in Chorlton people would be queuing up to live there.

By Elephant

I think every one would like a market it would benefit are community witch as been took away from all us Broughton people.at least we would all have some where to go and see people from the community what a lot of people miss I know i do

By Jayne

Would love an afro Caribbean salon and food in mocha parade to bring culture.

By Madam lyds

we do not want Lidl I for one would very much prefer an Aldi along with plenty of trees and shrubs to brighten the place up.

By local resident