Andy Burnham, mayor of Manchester, declared Stalybridge has “huge potential” on a visit today after it was selected by Tameside Council for his Town Centre Challenge.
The mayor’s initiative is for each of Greater Manchester’s 10 local authorities to nominate a town that was ripe for regeneration.
And to mark Stalybridge’s selection, Mr Burnham paid a trip to the £10million Summers Quay development that is under construction.
He was joined by Jonathan Reynolds, MP for Stalybridge and Hyde, and other Stalybridge councillors while a crew from BBC news was also present for a feature on the regeneration of town centres.
The plan is to regenerate the area between Stalybridge railway station and the town centre.
It would be led by residential development but would also include retail and leisure.
With no money available from the mayor, the challenge is to raise funds from the private sector for the redevelopment.
A full report Stalybridge’s selection for the Town Centre Challenge will appear in the next Correspondent on Thursday, February 22.