MP Jonathan Reynolds joined construction workers and civic leaders today (Friday) at the start of a £1.2million project to revamp the market place in Hyde.
The new market square will include a central public space that will be available for community use.
Meanwhile the layout of the market stalls - specially designed to keep the rain off the goods and the shoppers – will be changed to improve access to the Clarendon Square shopping centre.
A number of concrete bollards and bins will also be removed to make the square more accessible.
The plans for the scheme were developed by the council following extensive consultation with traders and Hyde Business Forum.
Commenting on the project, Stalybridge and Hyde MP Jonathan Reynolds said: "The market has always been the focus of the town centre in Hyde, but in recent years it has been showing signs of age and decline.
"This investment by Tameside Council will help to breathe new life into the heart of the town - and I am delighted that the work is now underway.
"The new civic space will allow community groups to perform and to meet. And the market area will be redesigned so that it’s easier to walk around and so the stalls are more sheltered on a rainy day.
"The people and traders of Hyde have been at the heart of the planning process.
"Together with the council they have come up with a plan that will make a real difference to the town."
Work on the project – which began this week – is expected to be complete by September.
Also watching the beginning of the project today was Tameside Council’s executive member for business and community development Cllr David Sweeton.
"The centre of Hyde has so much to offer and it will be massively enhanced once this project is complete," said Cllr Sweeton.
"There’s the wonderful indoor market hall with its mixture of stalls and bargains. And to make it easier for people to use the shops we have free parking after 3pm on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.
"The market’s motto is ‘take a fresh look’ and that’s what we’re doing – giving Hyde a fresh look."