Region wide bid by Greater Manchester Combined Authority to revitalise town centres

Altrincham town centre

Altrincham town centre

First published in News

GREATER Manchester’s 10 councils have joined forces in a bid to revitalise the region’s eight major town centres - including Altrincham.

The local authorities want to ensure that the region’s principal towns complement each other and develop their own styles.

A town centre action plan will be developed and sequenced across the towns - Altrincham, Ashton-under-Lyne, Bolton, Bury, Oldham, Rochdale, Stockport and Wigan.

Public and private sector experts who have carried out the review say town centres have been hit by on-line retail and out-of-town shopping centres, including the Trafford Centre.

They propose a new investment fund is set up to carry out upgrading schemes for the town centres.

Investments in the towns would take place in sequence. Returns from investments would then be available to fund subsequent town centre projects across the region.

The plan is due to be considered by Greater Manchester's Combined Authority (GMCA) at its meeting on Friday.

The GMCA report gives strengths, weaknesses and opportunities for each of the eight town centres. It says Altrincham is ranked the 32nd most ‘at risk’ town in the country, as shoppers go elsewhere.

The report suggests that Altrincham should develop a role as a modern market town, attracting visitors from Cheshire so it can thrive alongside the Trafford Centre.

It outlines how leadership is strong and beginning to deliver change, and how the council has developed Altrincham Forward - a partnership with the private sector - which now needs to focus on: • Improving access and movement around the town centre.

• Protecting the remaining mainstream stores and encouraging independent traders into the town.

• Refurbishing the market, to focus on higher quality of goods and specialist food based retailers, and renewing the role of the wider market quarter.

• Providing town centre homes The chairman of Altrincham Forward and leader of Trafford Council, Cllr Matt Colledge, said: "Altrincham Forward's vision is to restore Altrincham to an attractive, bustling modern market town with a distinct and bold identity; and there is really positive work going on to achieve this.

"These are exciting times for Altrincham, with major developments under way to provide a new hospital, a new interchange and a transformed market. The town has a vital role to play in Greater Manchester, and we will be working with our Greater Manchester colleagues to develop our proposals and ensure we can deliver the maximum impact on the region's economy."

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11:15am Wed 20 Mar 13

dipperdapper says...

nothing for partington again =(
nothing for partington again =( dipperdapper
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4:15pm Wed 20 Mar 13

chapellanecharlie says...

Just watch Councillor Matt Colledge who will tell us that he wants to bring new life to Altrincham Town Centre.

Then watch him agree to the Morrison's and Asda's plans to open in Broadheath. Maybe two-faced just to show how important he is!

He stays silent-but we don't !!!
Just watch Councillor Matt Colledge who will tell us that he wants to bring new life to Altrincham Town Centre. Then watch him agree to the Morrison's and Asda's plans to open in Broadheath. Maybe two-faced just to show how important he is! He stays silent-but we don't !!! chapellanecharlie
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8:11pm Wed 20 Mar 13

Rozzer says...

dipperdapper their aren't enough Tory voters in Partington.
dipperdapper their aren't enough Tory voters in Partington. Rozzer
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11:12pm Thu 21 Mar 13

mms98 says...

Maybe Trafford council should spend the money that the government gave them over 12 months ago to start the revitalising????

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Our wonderful leader...

Trafford council leader Matt Colledge said its grant would eventually usher new shops into towns such as Altrincham.

The council would provide low-interest loans, he said, to then be recycled back into the fund.

He added: “We are spending money already in considerable sums, but drawing down that particular pot will be for something sustainable and long term to add long-term value.”

Erm.... can anyone see where 'considerable sums have been spent in the past decade apart from the council's own building?

Me neither.

Why sit on the £100,000?

Loads of talk and hot air again.

A shop keeper wrote..

“The high street needs action and immediate support, not bureaucratic dithering.”

Now why would he say that if our council leader says the opposite?
Maybe Trafford council should spend the money that the government gave them over 12 months ago to start the revitalising???? http://www.mancheste reveningnews.co.uk/n ews/greater-manchest er-news/greater-manc hester-councils-spen d-just-1805579 Our wonderful leader... Trafford council leader Matt Colledge said its grant would eventually usher new shops into towns such as Altrincham. The council would provide low-interest loans, he said, to then be recycled back into the fund. He added: “We are spending money already in considerable sums, but drawing down that particular pot will be for something sustainable and long term to add long-term value.” Erm.... can anyone see where 'considerable sums have been spent in the past decade apart from the council's own building? Me neither. Why sit on the £100,000? Loads of talk and hot air again. A shop keeper wrote.. “The high street needs action and immediate support, not bureaucratic dithering.” Now why would he say that if our council leader says the opposite? mms98
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11:22pm Thu 21 Mar 13

mms98 says...

Just had a thought!!

Most of the money will be spent on one persons wage , was it about 50k pa and his/her secretary another £25k?

Well sorry shop keepers but the £100k that trafford council have say on for a year will soon be spent but not of the town center!!

Maybe they will spend the remaining £25k on the grand opening of the new town hall?

Thanks for the dosh.
Just had a thought!! Most of the money will be spent on one persons wage , was it about 50k pa and his/her secretary another £25k? Well sorry shop keepers but the £100k that trafford council have say on for a year will soon be spent but not of the town center!! Maybe they will spend the remaining £25k on the grand opening of the new town hall? Thanks for the dosh. mms98
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11:15am Fri 22 Mar 13

Altysmiffy says...

The article on the One Show stated that the £100K will be used as interest free loans to new businesses opening up in the town centre.
The article on the One Show stated that the £100K will be used as interest free loans to new businesses opening up in the town centre. Altysmiffy
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6:20pm Sun 24 Mar 13

dipperdapper says...

agreed rozzer but that wont hold us back, partington will get the gold soon, people will soon be knocking on the door of m31 since its the only area of trafford people want to live in and be seen in not crap boring smelly altrincham
agreed rozzer but that wont hold us back, partington will get the gold soon, people will soon be knocking on the door of m31 since its the only area of trafford people want to live in and be seen in not crap boring smelly altrincham dipperdapper
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8:27pm Mon 25 Mar 13

trog10b says...

All you need to do in town centers is make them covered. Doesn't have to be enclose like the trafford center, but some sort of covered walkway so when it's raining your not getting soaked. Also parking, people are not going to pay £2-£5 parking to shop in a town center when you can go to somewhere like the Trafford Center or even Broadheath retail park and park for free. Might not sound much £2 but it's the inconvenience of having to go to pay somewhere and have change in your pocket
All you need to do in town centers is make them covered. Doesn't have to be enclose like the trafford center, but some sort of covered walkway so when it's raining your not getting soaked. Also parking, people are not going to pay £2-£5 parking to shop in a town center when you can go to somewhere like the Trafford Center or even Broadheath retail park and park for free. Might not sound much £2 but it's the inconvenience of having to go to pay somewhere and have change in your pocket trog10b
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10:03am Tue 26 Mar 13

chapellanecharlie says...

Get your facts right trog10b. Altrincham does not charge £2-£5 just to do a bit of shopping. If you want to use the carparks and then use the Metro, then that is a different matter.

And by the way, please stop using the Yankee ways of spelling. Not Center but Centre. And don't forget that measurements are now in Metres, not Meters (which is what your gas goes through), and you have loads of that!
Get your facts right trog10b. Altrincham does not charge £2-£5 just to do a bit of shopping. If you want to use the carparks and then use the Metro, then that is a different matter. And by the way, please stop using the Yankee ways of spelling. Not Center but Centre. And don't forget that measurements are now in Metres, not Meters (which is what your gas goes through), and you have loads of that! chapellanecharlie
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