Oldham Council is launching a public consultation on its proposals for a new look town centre.

In June the local authority unveiled initial plans for this ambitious regeneration scheme across five strategic town centre sites totalling 21 acres.

 The benefits will be the provision of new town centre homes, 55,000 square metres of new and refurbished employment space and economic activity worth an additional £50m each year to Oldham’s economy.

 The masterplan seeks to remodel Oldham town centre to match the local authority’s aspirations for it to be a vibrant place with high-quality attractions, an excellent cultural and shopping offer and a night-time economy that make it stand out as a destination within Greater Manchester. 

Residents, local businesses and visitors are being invited to a special ‘drop in’ consultation event taking place at the Old Town Hall in Oldham town centre. You can come along, view the proposals in a mini-exhibition, submit comments and speak to council officers.

 This event is being held at the Egyptian Room in Parliament Square, which is a part of the Old Town Hall complex that the public have not been able to access for many years – until now.

The refurbished rooms were part of an extension built in 1912 and it got its name from the grand pillars in the room and the Egyptian-style decoration. It underwent painstaking restoration work as part of the transformation of the Old Town Hall which reopened last year.

The consultation event at the Egyptian Room is open to the public on Friday, 15 September from 10am to 5pm, and on Saturday, 16 September from 10am to 3pm.

Jean Stretton, Oldham Council Leader, said: “This is the biggest forward planning exercise we’ve ever had for Oldham town centre and it is vital that we get it right.

 “Whether you’re an Oldham resident, a local business or a visitor please take a few minutes to drop in and view the plans – we would welcome your views. Nothing is cast in stone at the moment and your input could be vital in shaping our future town centre. 

 “This is a fantastic opportunity to get involved and have your say and ensure we design a town centre that we can all be proud of.”

The opportunity to have your say will also be available online from Monday, September 18 onwards at www.oldham.gov.uk/masterplan

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