Town masterplan gets over major hurdle

Tyldesley town centre

Tyldesley town centre

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Ambitious plans for a complete overhaul of a borough town centre have taken a big step forward after they were approved in London.

The Tyldesley Town Partnership (TTP) has received the green light from the CED Foundation to press ahead with its proposals to boost businesses, attract investment and lure more shoppers to the town centre.

Tyldesley is one of just 50 towns across the country which is receiving money through the Community Economic Development (CED) funding pot.

The TTP spoke of its delight at having its proposals, which include plans to get local people into work and have more community events in the town centre, accepted and said it will urgently work on the areas which require more consideration so it can press ahead.

TTP chair Paul Wakefield said: “The CED programme is about community groups coming up with ideas to strengthen the local economy, benefitting the entire community. It’s really heartening to know that we have such support for Tyldesley’s future.

“Tyldesley’s application scored highly across a number of criteria. The CED Foundation was really impressed with the level of detail in the plan and with the number of people who attended the open evening that was held to explain the proposals.

“The foundation has highlighted that we still have some work to do regarding addressing the needs of the area, the practicalities of implementation and the measurement of the social impact of the plan.

“We also know from the open evening that people want assurances that any co-operatives formed will be fully transparent and that membership will be open to our local population.”

Paula said the TTP will now prepare an action plan to outline how it will secure funding which the Government will make available following the May elections.

The CED scheme gives communities the chance to take control of their local area and work on individual projects to address problems.

TTP’s plans for Tyldesley involve making the town centre more attractive to boost its appeal to visitors and businesses and to put running open spaces such as Market Square in community hands.

The partnership also wants to work with school leavers and unemployed people to ensure they find their way into employment or further training and develop a business enterprise package to get investment flowing in.

Paula says she still wants to hear from anyone with further ideas on improving Tyldesley and organisations wanting to get involved in the project.