A NEW £8million residential development in Stalybridge was hailed as an ‘asset’ for the town as it was officially opened in September.
MP Jonathan Reynolds, tenants, local schoolchildren, Tameside Council leader Cllr Brenda Warrington and local councillors helped to celebrate the launch of Summers Quay, by Armentieres Square.
It is hoped the canal-side development of 67 one and two-bed luxury apartments with ground-floor retail space will kick-start the regeneration of Stalybridge with support from the Greater Manchester Mayor’s Town Centre Challenge.
Speaking at the official opening, Mr Reynolds said: “It is easy to see this development as one of the most significant in the history of this town. It is a market maker.
“It is wonderful to meet the people who have moved in already. They are people in lots of different stages of their lives. It is truly an asset for all the community.
“I live five minutes from here and it’s been great to see the work being done and now to see the finished development.”
Tameside Council Executive Leader Cllr Brenda Warrington added: “I’m delighted Summers Quay is now open and I hope the tenants enjoy their new homes in this landmark development in a fantastic location.
“This is just one part of our exciting plans to regenerate Stalybridge through the Town Centre Challenge to deliver a viable housing market and vibrant, sustainable community.”
Mr Reynolds unveiled a plaque to mark the completion of building before from pupils Silver Springs Academy joined him in the gardens to bury a time capsule which will be opened on the 50thanniversary of Summers Quay in 2068.
Every class at the Academy had created pictures, collages and poems about Stalybridge and what it means to them, with a selection chosen to fill up the time capsule.
90 per cent of apartments at Summers Quay, which is named after the first female councillor and mayor of Stalybridge Ada Summers, are already sold.
Husband and wife John and Ruth Bradbury chose a third floor apartment and have been delighted since moving in at the end of August.
“We were surprised how quiet it is,” admitted Ruth. “We were a bit worried about the noise but there isn’t any.
“The building staff have been so nice. They have been so helpful with John in his wheelchair and everything is so accessible.”
John added: “It’s good to look out over the water and see everything that’s going on nearby. It’s very central to everything including the shops, doctors, and Wetherspoons!”
David Leah, 51, who is renting a two-bed apartment with his wife and daughter, said: “My wife and I are both in full-time employment and our daughter goes to school locally so Summers Quay is ideal.
“And you can be in Manchester in a matter of no time so it’s great for commuting.
“We’re really pleased with our new home and hope to live here for a long time, especially because all of our family and friends are close by too.”
Tony Powell, Deputy Chief Executive of New Charter Homes, said: “Summers Quay is our first private rent development which offers a different style of living but with the reassurance of a trusted landlord.
“With the right investment and support from the council and the Greater Manchester Mayor, we believe Stalybridge has a bright future and we hope Summers Quay will help to kick-start further regeneration of the town.
“We’re delighted to almost be at full occupancy and we wish all our tenants the very best in their new homes.”
Summers Quay was built by contractor Rowlinson on behalf of New Charter Homes and was designed by architect Pozzoni.
Anyone interested in reserving one of the last few remaining apartments should callTaylor and Wood on 07843 167 800 or visit www.summersquay.co.uk