Tameside’s town centres are undergoing a major tidying up operation. "The Big Tidy" up began in Stalybridge recently and is set to take place across the area.
Work has already started in Mossley and due to start in Denton and Dukinfield in the next couple of weeks. The operation in Stalybridge is being carried out by local tradesmen Greenscape and John Smith Groundworks alongside Tameside Council staff. Jet-washing, weed-spraying and resurfacing in the town centre is complete and repainting work will be carried out over the next couple of weeks.
Loca lbusinesses in Stalybridge have welcomed the works. a local trader said “It is great the council are investing. They are doing a really good job of cleaning the town centre” and Corinne Lavis who owns 5 A Day Fresh Fruit and Veg, Melbourne Street, added: “The works are of huge benefit to the town. It’s making the centre of town look much more appealing.”
The "Big Tidy Up" also includes painting, repairing and replacing street furniture such as benches, bins and bollards. Out-of-date signage will be removed, street and pavement markings refreshed, loose paving stones repaired, and deep cleans for walkways. Green spaces will be smartened up through replanting and cutting back foliage.
Residents are being encouraged to get involved by organising community clear-ups. "The Big Tidy Up" is about supporting town centres and local traders while creating communities that people can be proud of.