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Councillor Brenda Warrington, Executive Leader of Tameside Council

Around the Towns in 2020

Thursday, 16 January 2020

I wrote in last week’s blog that I want 2020 to be a year of investment for Tameside; in our economy and shared future. The heart of Tameside is, and always will be, our towns, so it’s for that reason that I want to go in-depth on the highlights of our big plans for them in 2020.


Work to redevelop Ashton’s bus station into a modern transport interchange is well underway. When it opens its doors in the summer, it will bring a state-of-the-art transport hub into the heart of Tameside. Not just buses, but trams, bikes and taxis as well. The building itself will also contain accessible toilets and enhanced passenger safety measures, including CCTV. When complete it will attract people and business into the borough, and connect up residents to jobs, leisure and learning within Tameside, in Greater Manchester and beyond.


Following the completion of Tameside One, we’re also now in a position to begin much-needed renovation on the historic Ashton Town Hall. Funding of £270,000 has been agreed, with the first step being a comprehensive survey to establish what needs to be done to make the building fit for purpose in the 21st century while preserving its unique heritage. 


Due to open in the spring, the Tameside Wellness Centre will be the jewel in the crown of our multi-year, £20 million investment in our leisure services. Built on brownfield land on the former Oldham Batteries and located just off Lance Corporal Andrew Breeze Way in the heart of Denton, the Centre will offer a wide range of leisure, community and wellbeing facilities. Not just an 8-lane, 24-metre swimming pool and a 10-pin bowling alley, but a learner pool, children’s play zone, spa area and fitness suite with disabled access and dementia-friendly design throughout.


2020 will bring a wave of regeneration and development into the centre of Droylsden. The shopping arcade, which dates bring to the 1970s, is due to be given a facelift. The first stage will see owners New Era Properties invest £100,000 to convert two of the units into 4,000 square feet of new retail and restaurant space.


We remain committed to the construction of 2,350 new homes in the Godley Green Garden Village. At the end of last year we agreed to draw down £10m from the Government’s Housing Infrastructure Fund to deliver the project’s opening phases, including infrastructure work. While actual housebuilding is not expected to begin until 2021, our timeline calls for a developer to be picked in May 2020, with an outline planning application for the whole site to follow in November. 30% of all the homes delivered under the scheme will be designated for affordable tenures.

In September 2019 we beat 24 other local authorities to win £100,000 to fund the development of a master plan for Hyde Town Centre, using young professional thinking and already-existing public assets to build the foundations for going out to seek further investment to create a sustainable, accessible and community service-rich centre.


All eyes in Stalybridge in 2019 were focused on the Mayor’s Town Centre Challenge, and in 2020 we expect some of the proposals that have been created over the past 12 months to come into fruition. A number of resident-led proposals are being considered including the creation of a transport interchange, bringing the Civic Hall back into use as a food and drink market, and the development of two sites on Castle Street and Stalybridge West to develop homes, offices, and retail and leisure space. A comprehensive review of the town’s public realm will also consider how cycling and walking infrastructure can be harnessed to improve the pedestrian experience. Our ambition is nothing less than to see Stalybridge join the likes of Saddleworth and Hebden Bridge as a unique and thriving Pennine town.


Last week our planning committee gave the green light to the construction of 61 new affordable homes in Hattersley on the site of the former Hattersley District Centre and Tameside Court tower block. Both developments are being led by social housing provider Onward Homes, with funding assistance provided by Homes England.


Mossley is making a name for itself as a cultural centre. Global Grooves, the internationally-renowned company behind our famous Lantern Parades, have started work on “The Vale”. Once complete, it will serve as their “Northern Carnival Centre of Excellence”, bringing people from all over the world to the town. The housing development at Woodend Mill has also begun to deliver new homes on the edge of the town centre.



Further news and updates for all of these projects, along with other plans for the future, will be released over the course of the year. With your support, we’re working to transform Tameside, setting an example for others to follow, securing our prosperity, and creating a borough fit to thrive in the 2020s.


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