The detailed plans have been unveiled to audiences at Tameside’s six District Assembly meetings over the last two weeks of "Vision Tameside" which will see the building of state-of-the-art college facilities, a smaller, more cost-effective public service centre and improved transport connectivity to the area.
Independent analysis suggests this will bring greater prosperity to the borough with £300million of anticipated economic benefit through increased retail, more jobs and more apprenticeships.
The programme will bring state-of-the-art facilities into Tameside through the development of two new centres of excellence: Clarendon Sixth Form College’s Advanced Learning Centre and the Advanced Technologies Centre built by Tameside College.
Whilst the work is underway the administrative and core democratic services housed in the Council’s current Ashton offices have been moved to Dukinfield Town Hall. All engineering services, including environmental, licensing and parking staff are now based at the authority’s Tame Street depot.Other services will move out of the Council’s building on Wellington Road in the coming weeks and will be housed across the borough until the smaller accommodation opens in 2018.
John Taylor Of Tameside Council said :
“Vision Tameside is one of the most exciting projects this Council has ever been involved in. It is great to be talking about a project that’s going to bring £300 million-worth of economic growth, create new jobs, more opportunities for apprenticeships and dramatically improve learning and skills within the borough.”
“A new public service centre for Tameside will be built bringing public sector services into one central point. This newer, smaller building will cost significantly less to run than the Council’s current offices and makes it easier for residents to access services. This also frees up space for more retail and the fantastic new college.
"We are also investing in the prestigious buildings in each of our towns. The Council’s Democratic Core has moved to Dukinfield Town Hall and many of our public meetings will take place here while work is ongoing in Ashton. We have recently undertaken work to improve the condition of this Building, to safeguard this fantastic asset for future generations. For those who have not been to the Town Hall I would advise you to pay a visit to this fantastic building where we register our births. We are also excited about the arrival of a new £7.5 million pension fund building that will open in autumn 2015, paid for by the Greater Manchester Pension Fund but providing a fantastic asset for Droylsden.
The programme allows us to invest in all of our towns and secure the future of all our prestigious buildings across Tameside.”