Tameside Council to consult on Hyde revamp

Tameside Council have announced the details of a proposed £1.2m revamp of Hyde town centre will partially be decided by residents.

The plan is to create a "welcoming entrance" to the east of the Greater Manchester town and a reduction of the road network to the west.

However, the exact details are to be decided via a public consultation.

Councillor Philip Fitzpatrick said the council was "committed to a viable and prosperous future for the town".

Mr Fitzpatrick said that he hoped the redesign would encourage people to use Hyde town centre more and allow a wide variety of activities to take place in the area.

"Hyde does have a loyal following and we need to try and create an individuality for the town," he said.

"We intend to revamp the market and create a civic square, which will hopefully open to the public next summer, where the arts and events team can come in and we can have some street performers and things like that."

He said that the council had "a pride in Hyde and I'm confident that we can get Hyde up and running again".

"We've got a great commercial centre here, we just need to give it a good tidy-up."

Mr Fitzpatrick said that the money for the renovations had been "in the pipeline for a number of years".

"We did have some work done on Hyde in the late 90s, but it has come round to Hyde again now.

"We've done Ashton, we've done Denton, it's Hyde's turn again to have some money spent on it."

The consultation period, which runs until 17 June, will culminate in a public meeting at Hyde Town Hall on 15 June.

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