LOCAL residents gathered at the Hub in Hattersley on Friday 10thMay for the grand opening of the new facility and to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the first residents moving to the Hattersley estate in May 1963.
The Hub, which was developed by Peak Valley Housing Trust as part of a wider development which included the Tesco Extra store on Stockport Road, was completed in 2012 at a final cost of £3.8million.
Alongside providing a head office for Peak Valley Housing Trust, the building also includes a range of community facilities including a cafe and library as well as a new home for Hattersley Neighbourhood Partnership, Hattersley Community Forum and Manchester Credit Union. There will also be a satellite post for Greater Manchester Police.
Local MP Jonathan Reynolds, was invited to join the celebrations and officially open the building along with the Civic Mayor of Tameside and local Councillors.
Mr Reynolds said, ‘I was delighted to be asked to come and open the new Hub. Hattersley and Mottram will always be special places to me. I lived not far away from where the new Hub now stands and it is where I started my political career as a local councillor. Many of the people who make this community what it is are people I consider as close personal friends.
‘The community have been through a very difficult time over the last year, following the terrible murders of PC Nicola Hughes and PC Fiona Bone, but it is a strong area and it’s important that we celebrate what is good and positive about it.
‘I can’t think of a better way to do this than to get together, as a community, in this wonderful new facility.’
The day’s event was a huge success, with hundreds of people attending the Hub and community celebrations which included an exhibition of the local history of the estate and an awards ceremony for young people in the evening.
Published 16th May 2013