Plans at Ashton market
Friday 20th June 2014 @ 16:00 by Max Wieland
Community News

Plans 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 performance 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 market’s already award winning offer and reputation.

VISION OF THE FUTURE: How the market square might look after the proposed transformation.

VISION OF THE FUTURE: How the market square might look after the proposed transformation.

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.

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.”

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.

– You can read more on this story in this week’s Tameside Reporter (June 19).