Our first window on the shop windows for 2018
- Happy New Year from the Ashton Review of Shops;
- Crafty Pint opens in time for Christmas;
- All the usual comings and goings in the Tameside area.
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On the 16 December, figures from Springboard stated that retail footfall fell by 4.9% (source: via the BBC website). Bad weather and online shopping were cited as its reasons.
From our observations, the footfall around Ashton-under-Lyne and Hyde seemed to be no different to normal days. With only days to go till The Most Wonderful Time of the Year, post-Christmas sale prices applied to seasonal items.
The Tameside Christmas Market in our view ended too soon, diluting the Christmassy feel of Ashton. Some people had criticised the quality of the stalls. Will the Tameside Christmas Market be returning to Ashton next year? What if another Tameside town – Stalybridge, Hyde, or Denton for example – held the Christmas Market?
Mine’s a Crafty Pint
Halfway through December, Stalybridge’s second micropub, The Crafty Pint opened its doors. Situated in a former pet shop on Melbourne Street, it offers a selection of bottled beers and four cask conditioned ales. There is a public bar and a set of steps leading to a snug and toilet at the back. Yours truly popped in on the 23 December, impressed with their quartet of cask ales.
Oh, and we mistakenly called the establishment Crackin’ Pint instead of Crafty Pint. We apologise for any confusion or embarrassment this may have caused. Perhaps we were thinking of Wallace and Gromit at the time.
Over the last month, work on the Joint Service Centre has come up in leaps and bounds. The first of its white cladding has been added to the inner external walls. Some of which can also be seen at Wellington Road, facing The Ladysmith public house.
Forthcoming Planning Applications
Another quiet month, though deshopification is setting the agenda.
Polite Note: for reasons of brevity, any pub and club applications come under the Pub and Club Update section.
- The Edge Lane Post Office – now on 375 Manchester Road, Droylsden – could see the addition of a cash machine.
- An extra floor could be added to 132 Hyde Road, Denton, a single storey unit.
- The former Frames Snooker Club on Mount Street, Hyde, will be demolished and replaced by 24 apartments.
- The Nu Wave hair salon on 375 Stockport Road, Gee Cross, could be converted into a residential property.
- The former Byles warehouse on Hamnett Street, Hyde has in the last quarter been taken over by Rhino Events.
- Both Minoti and Bond Street Shoes will be moving to new units within Ladysmith Shopping Centre.
Pub and club update
This month’s lead story in the Tameside pub world is the opening of Crafty Pint, which we have covered in greater detail above. There has also been some movement in Ashton Market Hall, which could be having a micro bar.
Lately, we have heard about the future of the former Roe Cross Inn. In recent times it has retained its drinks licence for its Terrace Bar, part of Roe Cross Green garden centre. There is talk about its conversion to a residential property.
Whether this is true or not remains to be seen. In the last year, there had been plans to depubify The Dog and Partridge on Mottram Road. Of late it is still pulling in the punters, with the lure of televised football and a beer and pizza offer.
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What will February bring? All will be revealed by the 02 February. For the benefit of any new readers, our Ashton Review of Shops posts go out on the first Saturday of the month, 9am sharp.
S.V., 06 January 2018.