Ashton-under-Lyne Market Square is due for major redevelopment in the next few years. This is the latest news from Tameside MBC.
PLANS to transform Ashton’s market square into a modern and vibrant area have been given the go ahead by Tameside Council.
The redevelopment – which follows extensive consultation with traders, shoppers and residents – will see the introduction of new stalls and kiosks, high quality landscaping and trees, performance and seating areas, as well as new street furniture and lighting.
Not only will this project provide a new, modern market for traders and shoppers but will also complement the ambitious multi-million pound Vision Tameside masterplan, which will see a major influx of students and teaching staff to the town centre at the end of 2015.
Trader Kim Wright, from Mr Spuds and the children’s rides, said: “We are very excited about the plans. Throughout our 20-plus years of trading on Ashton Market it has always been a great place to shop.
“It is the heart of the town and the redevelopment it will give it a huge boost. We are really looking forward to moving into our new kiosk.”
Malcolm Marsden, who sells bedding, added: “As someone whose family have been trading here since the 1950s, I am pleased that Tameside Council has approved plans for the redevelopment.
“I am looking forward to a bright future and many more years trading on Ashton Market”.
This dramatic increase in the number of people working and studying in the heart of Ashton will provide a major boost to the market, shops and retailers, and will help to attract new investment and businesses to the town and the wider Tameside area.
Despite Ashton having one of the busiest town centres in Greater Manchester, it is important that the market square is developed and modernised to make sure it meets everybody’s needs.
Recent reports have highlighted that Ashton is under threat in terms of online retailing and changing consumer habits, so it is essential investment takes place to ensure it can continue to compete with neighbouring towns, and securing its position as one of the busiest and most popular markets in the North West.
The redevelopment plans are about than the way the square looks. Taking on board feedback from the Ashton Market consultation, the markets team is developing a range of initiatives to help attract new traders. The aim is to ensure there is a greater choice of goods on offer which will appeal to more shoppers.
Cllr Bill Fairfoull, chair 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.”
Work will start early in the new year and be complete before Christmas, 2015. It will be done in phases to ensure the market remains open for business.