Retail Comings and Goings in Tameside, December 2016: The Ashton Review of Shops

This month’s window on the shop windows

Robin (Erithacus rubecula)
Merry Christmas from East of the M60: image by Mike Serigrapher, 2009 (Creative Commons License – Some Rights Reserved).
  • Small Business Saturday;
  • Tameside Christmas Market;
  • BT telephone boxes to go;
  • All the usual comings and goings in the Tameside area.

With the Tameside Christmas Market starting this weekend, we can safely say that Christmas has well and truly arrived in the borough.

It’s Christmas…!!!

Last Saturday (26 November) saw a well attended Christmas lights switch on at Stalybridge town centre. Taking place in front of The Society Rooms, Pokemon was this year’s theme thanks to the successful Pokemon Go craze. This theme was also extended to woo customers into the town’s shops.

On the Thursday before was Mossley’s Festival of Light. Starting at 6pm, the best part of two hours saw an illuminated carnival throughout Top and Bottom Mossley. This began on Manchester Road, continuing towards the Market Place (for the switching on of their Christmas lights). A lot of the event was made possible by local artists based in the Woodend and Vale mills.

Small Business Saturday

Coinciding with Small Business Saturday is the Tameside Christmas Market. Opening on the 02 December (yesterday at this time of writing), it will be in the usual place on Market Street and Fletcher Street. Each weekend before Christmas sees the stalls open from 11am to 9pm on Fridays and Saturdays, and 10am to 4pm on Sundays.

There will be the usual pot pourri of street entertainers, fairground rides, and a Santa’s grotto. We think the hot dogs might be sold at more affordable prices. Apart from that, there’s also the indoor market and the outdoor market open at the usual times.

BT telephone box closures


23 pay phone boxes are set to disappear from Tameside’s streets by the start of next year. The affected locations are as follows:

  • Ashton-under-Lyne (3): Mossley Road, Stamford Square, Newmarket Road;
  • Audenshaw (1): Audenshaw Road;
  • Denton (2): Corporation Road, Mill Lane (Haughton Green),;
  • Droylsden (1): Somerset Road;
  • Dukinfield (3): Birch Lane/Boyd’s Walk, Birch Lane/Yew Tree Lane, Globe Square;
  • Hyde (4): Junction Street, Dowson Road, Victoria Street, Barley Croft Road;
  • Mossley (4): Carrhill Road (Roughtown), Boundary Close, Mansfield Road, Hart Mill Close;
  • Mottram-in-Longdendale: none;
  • Stalybridge (4): Mottram Road/Grey Street, Demesne Drive, Wakefield Road, Ambleside.

Consultation began in the start of November 2016 over a 42 day period.

Forthcoming Planning Applications

Quite a bumper month.

Polite Note: for reasons of brevity, any pub and club applications come under the Pub and Club Update section.

  • The Mossley branch of the Co-op is set to have the new-look old-look signage with the 1969 clover leaf logo.
  • Marks and Spencer have put in planning permission for the installation of a 40′ temporary refrigerated container.
  • Plans have been put in for a new cash machine at Droylsden’s branch of the Royal Bank of Scotland.
  • Elegance could be renamed, if plans to convert the unit on 36, Hudson Road, Gee Cross, Hyde are approved.
  • The BestOne store on 106, Birch Street, Ashton-under-Lyne, could be given a revamp. This time with the tatty blue BestOne signage being replaced by a more sleek GoLocalExtra sign, with VRK Supermarket on its left hand side.
  • A use for Stalybridge’s former Yorkshire Bank branch has been found. A new veterinary surgery, the Tameside Veterinary Clinic, shall be setting up home there. The property had been vacant since July 2015.
  • Some empty space next door to Family Shopper in the former Irish National Institute could become a small retail unit.
  • Khan Car Wash of Manchester Road, Hyde, have submitted plans for new vehicular access.
  • 2 Camden House, Grey Street, Ashton-under-Lyne, could be converted into apartments. The imposing block, behind The Petman, was formerly home to the Tracer Art studio and (most notoriously, some might say) a Standguide training centre for Jobclub activities. (Which for younger readers following this series, would be like today’s DWP Work and Health Programme).
  • A third of Raja Bros’ unit on Ladysmith Road could become a takeaway. At one time, part of the unit was a former VG Foodstore.
  • New cladding and signage installation, plus alterations are being made to the Ashton Moss branch of KFC.
  • Tyre Treads on Wharf Street, Dukinfield, could be benefiting from a new tyre bay building.
  • Sainsburys Solicitors on 26 – 28 Ashton Road, Denton, could be seeing a change of use to their unit. The ground floor offices could become retail premises with flats on the first floor.
  • A new café could be coming to 182 Talbot Road, Newton, Hyde.
  • Body Contour on 147 King Street, Dukinfield, could see expansion. Its first floor flat could become a salon treatment area.
  • Former retail premises on 80, Market Street, Hollingworth, could be converted into a private house.

Retail Movements

  • Wilko’s Crown Point North is set to open soon.
  • In June 2017, NatWest is set to close a number of bank branches in Greater Manchester. Due to close on the 17 June will be Denton’s branch on Crown Point. Also on the same day, a similar fate will affect Uppermill’s branch, leaving all the Saddleworth villages without access to a bricks and mortar bank. Their nearest branches will be in Oldham and Stalybridge.

Pub and club update

The Feathers public house’s recent status as Dundrinkin’ has been noted for some time. This time, its depubification is more or less confirmed with a Change of Use application to that of two retail units with living accommodation.

Droylsden’s al fresco drinkers may benefit from The Lazy Toad’s extension of its outdoor drinking area. This will more car parking space taken up by extra outdoor seats, patio heaters and ashtrays. The same couldn’t be said of The Royal Oak on Manchester Road, which has been on borrowed time for the last six months. Further down, there has been some refurbishment work on The Jolly Carter.

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Next Month:

Who knows what 2017 will throw at us? One thing for sure, it’ll be interesting to say the least. By then, the Tameside Leisure Pool’s upgrade would be under way. The open market ground in Ashton will be complete with the paved focal piazza ready to welcome its shoppers.

As this is the final Ashton Review of Shops for 2016, we wish all our regular readers a Merry Christmas and a peaceful New Year. Here’s to a most exciting 2017!

S.V., 03 December 2016.


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