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Councillor Brenda Warrington, Executive Leader of Tameside Council

Welcome to Tameside One

Tuesday, 05 March 2019

It’s official. After more than four years of planning, knocking down and building up again, Tameside One – the new college and public service centre development built on the site of the former Tameside Administration Centre (TAC) in Ashton has opened its doors.

First in are the new Ashton Library and Joint Service Centre, both of which completed their moves on Monday. Taking full advantage of the new building, the library offers a full range of services from print and audio books to business and health information, with free access to Wi-Fi and public computers throughout. Next door, the Joint Service Centre will bring together the council’s customer services, welfare rights, Citizens Advice, Job Centre Plus and the Cash Box Credit Union into a one-stop shop for any issue or question you might have.

The opening of Tameside One marks a major milestone in the Vision Tameside project. It will bring thousands of council officers, students and support staff into Ashton town centre, boosting the local economy as they increase footfall and spend money in the surrounding shops and businesses. The Tameside One building itself is also substantially smaller and more energy-efficient than the old TAC, which means it will be far cheaper and cleaner to run.

Let’s not forget the twists and turns it took to get to this point as well. Just over a year ago, the future of the entire Vision Tameside project was put into jeopardy following the sudden collapse of Carillion. Thanks to the dedication and expertise of the council’s staff and leadership team, we were able to bring in Robertson Construction Group Limited to finish the construction of Tameside One and secure the contracts of the former Carillion staff. While many similar projects across the country were delayed significantly, or sometimes continue to lie dormant even now, progress in Tameside has continued with a relatively manageable amount of disruption.

This Thursday, which is also World Book Day 2019, we’re going to make sure that Tameside One gets the grand opening it deserves as the library hosts a children’s party as part of our “Tameside Loves Reading” campaign – an ambitious three year-long mission to work with schools, libraries and communities to give Tameside’s children and young people a lifelong love of reading and the vital skills that come with it. With a range of activities including children’s crafts, magicians, characters and storytellers on the agenda, it’s sure to be fun for the whole family, a celebration of World Book Day and a showcase of the all the fabulous services the new library can offer rolled into one. The event is free, so if you’re in Ashton with the children from 10am on Thursday I invite you to come over and see what all the fuss is about. You can also find out more information about the Tameside Loves Reading campaign on our website here.

Nor will the opening of Tameside One signal the end of our investment in Ashton and Tameside’s other towns. Next door, work is continuing to transform the former bus station into a modern transport hub. We’ve also begun construction of the Denton Wellness Centre, the crown jewel of the investment in leisure in Tameside that also gave us iTrain in Dukinfield, the Sky High Adventure Centre in Droylsden and Total Adrenaline in Longdendale. We’re still hard at work to find a new contractor for Hyde Pool as well.

We know that the key to securing Tameside’s long-term future is to improve our town centres and the education opportunities for our residents. I am confident that projects such as Vision Tameside and the Tameside Loves Reading campaign will help us to do just that. I hope you will join me in celebrating both the opening of Tameside One on Thursday, and the many other openings to come in the future.


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