Altrincham Forward plots town's resurgence

First published in News

A GROUP set up to revitalise Altrincham is drawing up its bleprint for the town.

Last year Trafford Council led the establishment of Altrincham Forward – a working think-tank of businesses, community groups, local residents and others to drive the transformation of the town centre.

The Altrincham Forward board and the council have commissioned an in-depth study of the town and used it as the foundation for a proposed Altrincham Plan, due for completion later this year.

Cllr Matt Colledge, leader of the council, said: “Altrincham is poised to move into an exciting new era for the town. This year will mark the beginning of changes that will secure the long term future of Altrincham as one of the north west’s most successful modern market towns.

"It is an excellent business location, offering good transport links, available space and access to a skilled workforce.

"Altrincham could be an exemplar project for the government’s Portas initiative and we will certainly be bidding to be one of the Portas pilots."

Nick Gerrard, Trafford’s corporate director for economic growth and prosperity said: “We are reorganising how we work so there are staff with responsibility for Altrincham and a dedicated point of contact. It is the basis for a 'town team' and can be a blueprint to be used in other areas of Trafford.”

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1:29pm Wed 29 Feb 12

Alty Plus says...

Sounds like plans are forming -had a look at the Altrincham Forward website and pleased to see this progress is reflected on the pages. I think the idea of a dedicated town team with direct responsibility for driving regeneration initiatives is a great idea and the Portas Pilot would be good as long as the negative press that would come with it is managed (i.e. might create focus on Altrincham as a town that has failed - just a thought)
Sounds like plans are forming -had a look at the Altrincham Forward website and pleased to see this progress is reflected on the pages. I think the idea of a dedicated town team with direct responsibility for driving regeneration initiatives is a great idea and the Portas Pilot would be good as long as the negative press that would come with it is managed (i.e. might create focus on Altrincham as a town that has failed - just a thought) Alty Plus
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10:37am Sun 4 Mar 12

Manhatten says...

"Altrincham could be an exemplar project for the government’s Portas initiative and we will certainly be bidding to be one of the Portas pilots."

It's become so pathetic now it's not even funny any more. There has been a sea change in shopping habits across Europe over the last twenty years and this bunch of muppets think that they are going to change that.

It's a shame to see rate payers money p'd away like this just to satisfy the needs of a few shopkeepers in denial.
"Altrincham could be an exemplar project for the government’s Portas initiative and we will certainly be bidding to be one of the Portas pilots." It's become so pathetic now it's not even funny any more. There has been a sea change in shopping habits across Europe over the last twenty years and this bunch of muppets think that they are going to change that. It's a shame to see rate payers money p'd away like this just to satisfy the needs of a few shopkeepers in denial. Manhatten
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10:22am Mon 5 Mar 12

Bob_Smith says...

It is so bad that the BBC News website now use a photo of Alty as a stock photo of a town in decline...

http://www.bbc.co.uk
/news/business-17250
662
It is so bad that the BBC News website now use a photo of Alty as a stock photo of a town in decline... http://www.bbc.co.uk /news/business-17250 662 Bob_Smith
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11:26am Tue 6 Mar 12

dipperdapper says...

dont forget cyclists in the plan =) we need better infrastructure take us away from that death trap a56, keep us away from the motorists who go through red lights already 8 in 1 month between south trafford college and eastway..im watching!!
dont forget cyclists in the plan =) we need better infrastructure take us away from that death trap a56, keep us away from the motorists who go through red lights already 8 in 1 month between south trafford college and eastway..im watching!! dipperdapper
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