Tameside Council has now announced the new regeneration strategy for Stalybridge. I’d appreciate people having a look at it and letting me know what they think of the action plan.
A strategy like this is what I want for every town in Tameside, but especially for Stalybridge and Hyde town centres which both need a long-term reinvention towards greater leisure and housing use alongside the traditional retail offer.
In my view councils don’t have anywhere near the powers they need to sort town centres out quickly – they don’t own the shops, set the business rates, or even have the planning powers to limit some premises from changing their use. However, by setting out a long-term plan and working with the private sector they can make a big difference. The conversion of the burnt out Casablancas site to a thriving residential block in the centre of Stalybridge is a great example of what can be done, though even that wasn’t easy to deliver.
What I like in this plan is a series of detailed action points going forward. Alongside the planned redevelopment of the old clinic site, the old police station, Castle Street and Stalybridge West (the land behind the station) I am feeling optimistic about the future. I really believe the town centre could be fantastic.
I’d love you to email me telling me what you think of the points in the plan, and if you have any professional connections in property or business which might be able to help us locally please let me know. My email address is Jonathan@jonathanreynolds.org.uk