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Date published: 17 July 2014

A £1MILLION scheme to rejuvenate Oldham town centre could soon be extended to Shaw and Lees.

The council launched a new “Independent Quarter” between Yorkshire Street, Clegg Street and Union Street in November, 2013, which saw a £1m investment package — already attracting a range of specialist traders — set up. A report recommending a second phase of the scheme goes before Cabinet on Monday.

Subject to approval, £100,000 for each district will be invested to extend the offer of Building Improvement Grants to local businesses to enhance the support services already available to help firms develop ideas for growth.

Council leader Jim McMahon said: “Our Independent Quarter scheme is already seeing some really positive success stories and attracting new businesses.

“We now want to see what positive impact this kind of encouragement could have in our district centres.

“High streets and shopping habits have fundamentally transformed in recent years in response to a range of threats such as online trading, out-of-town retail parks and supermarket chains.

“That’s why it is essential we support independent traders to stimulate this sector so they can flourish, help district centres retain their distinctiveness, improve as areas and create new job opportunities.

“In Shaw, this proposal looks to capitalise on the arrival of Metrolink and complement the planned improvement of the local market — launched later this year — as well as enhance the vibrancy of the high-street scene.

“Lees village is different due to its location along a major highway. It has fewer national traders than places like Shaw, for example, and already relies more heavily on independent traders who could really benefit from this kind of support.”
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Crack down on scruffy take aways will be a start and start fining any trader that does not keep the outside of their shop in good order/repair and litter free then you might have a start. Look at Rochdale that is what Yorkshire Street is resembling.

Time the metrolink was taken up through Lees to Grotton. Imagine the amount of relieved traffic congestion if people didn't need to drive to Mumps.
If the system brought prosperity to Oldham, then the same argument must hold true for the other routes.

About Time To.

These areas will never be developed to their true potential because Oldham Council completely lacks any vision or business acumen. A council that allows the proliferation of shoddy take aways as has been seen in recent years is either playing up to close associates or confirms they do not understand the marketplace as is developing. This council and its members does not have talent to see beyond their noses and never will unless real business people are involved.

Lucky old Shaw eh? £100k!

Perhaps changing your mind and granting planning permission for another grotty takeaway in what was an Italian Restaurant would be a good start?

Ohhh £100,000 perhaps that could go to be better spent on Crompton pool which Labour promised the people of Shaw and Crompton would stay open until the new one in Royton is completed.


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