Ashton-under-Lyne Town Centre – Progress 1

Ashton-under-Lyne is an exciting place to live!

We are just about to embark on a major refurbishment of the Market Square.

Designs to transform Ashton Market Square

Ashton Market RedesignsPlans to transform Ashton’s historic market square into a modern and vibrant area have been submitted by Tameside Council.

The redevelopment will see the introduction of new stalls and kiosks, high quality landscaping and trees, a performances area, seating areas as well as new street furniture and lighting.

The plans follow extensive consultation with traders, shoppers and residents to ensure the space meets their needs while providing an attractive and inviting shopping and meeting point, which will enhance the markets already award winning offer and reputation.

The new look square will also complement the Grade II* listed Ashton Market Hall and the ambitious Vision Tameside masterplan, where the Council is working in partnership with Tameside College to deliver a new town centre campus and shared work space. This move is set to bring more than 3,000 students and staff into the town centre, increasing footfall and helping the market to remain a busy and thriving hub.

Tameside Council Executive Leader Cllr Kieran Quinn said: “Ashton Market Square is rich in history and holds a special place in the hearts of the public and traders alike. We want to retain the award-winning market’s charm and appeal while also giving it new life for the future – which is vital if it is to remain a strong contender to attract investment, new businesses and shoppers. We have listened to the views of those who matter most – our residents, traders, local businesses and visitors and will continue to work closely with them to ensure the project is a success.”

Cllr Bill Fairfoull, Chair of Ashton Town Team, added: “Members of the Town Team, including local businesses, community and other stakeholders are at the heart of an on-going drive to ensure that Ashton remains an attractive destination for shoppers and visitors. This is a really exciting time for Ashton’s Town Centre and its historic Market Square. We’ve already seen the positive effect the redevelopment of the Market Hall has had on the town, so these new plans can only improve that even more.”

Subject to receiving planning approval, development works will commence on site later in the year with a phased approach being adopted to ensure the market remains open for business throughout.

*image courtesy of IBI Taylor Young.

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