Oldham Council has announced a full schedule of dates and venues for the public consultation on its plans for a new look town centre.
The plans centre on significant areas of publicly-owned land where many sites are under-utilised or have buildings coming to the end of their economic life.
Totalling around 21 acres in size, these include Tommyfield Market, the Civic Centre, Oldham Police Station, the former Oldham Sports Centre and Oldham Magistrates’ Court, and the current Oldham Coliseum Theatre.
The masterplan seeks to change Oldham town centre to match our aspirations for it to be an even more vibrant place with high-quality attractions, an excellent cultural and shopping offer and a night-time economy making it stand out as a destination in Greater Manchester and beyond.
The benefits will be the building of new homes, 55,000 square metres of new/refurbished employment space and economic activity worth an extra £50million each year to Oldham’s economy.
Residents, businesses and partners are all invited to attend any of the ‘drop in’ sessions announced today and view the proposals in a mini exhibition, submit comments and ask questions.
Jean Stretton, Oldham Council Leader, said: “This is our biggest-ever forward planning exercise for Oldham town centre and it’s all about making sure that it is a place that has a clear plan for the future.
“Our consultation launch event at the Egyptian Room was very well attended and produced valuable feedback.
“It’s also important we take these plans around the borough – giving as many audiences as possible the chance to see them, have their say and help us to get this right.
“That’s why we’re trying to ensure there are consultation opportunities in every district and convenient places for the public to access.
“Every one of us has a stake in the future of Oldham town centre so we are asking all residents, partners, businesses and visitors alike to do your bit and help us to shape these plans.”
The schedule of consultation dates can be found on the Oldham Council website – and more will be added soon. Residents can also visit this address to have their say about the plans online.
Below are the confirmed consultation events to date:
- October Wed 11 at 12-1.30pm, Tommyfield Market
- October Thurs 12 at 12-2pm, Staff drop-in session at Oldham Civic Centre
- October Wed 18 at 10am-12noon, Chadderton Market
- October Tues 24 at 10am-1pm, Crompton Library
- October Thurs 26 at 10am-12noon, Shaw Market
- November Wed 1 at 1-2pm, Tommyfield Market
- November Thurs 2 at 1.30-3pm, Royton Market
- November Thurs 2 at 1.30-4pm, Royton Town Hall
- November Tues 7 at 11am-1pm, Tesco – Featherstall Road, Westwood
- November Wed 8 at 4-6pm, Oldham Civic Centre Drop-in session for residents and councillors prior to Full Council meeting
- November Fri 10 at 11.30am-1.30pm, Egyptian Room, Old Town Hall, Parliament Square
- November Wed 15 at 12noon-2pm, Failsworth Town Hall
- November Fri 24 at 11am-1pm, Chadderton Library and Wellbeing Centre
- November Thurs 30 at 2-4pm, Delph Library
- December Sat 2 at 11am-2pm, Egyptian Room, Old Town Hall, Parliament Square
- December Wed 6 at 1-3pm, Uppermill Library
- December Thurs 7 at 12noon-2pm, Staff drop-in session at the Civic Centre
- December Mon 11 at 1-4pm, Oldham Library and Lifelong Learning Centre
- December Tues 12 at 10am-12noon, Greenfield Library
- December Wed 13 at 10am-12noon, Lees Library