Retail Comings and Goings in Tameside, September 2019: The Ashton Review of Shops

This month’s window on the shop windows

  • System restore for Ashton parking scheme;
  • Tour of Britain’s Tameside leg;
  • Plus all the usual retail movements from Haughton Green to Waterloo.

Over the last month, Tameside’s pubs and clubs have been in the spotlight for positive reasons. One story that is likely to greet shoppers with relief are changes to Ashton-under-Lyne’s parking scheme.

A System Restore for Ashton’s Parking Scheme

With Ashton’s RingGo scheme being less popular than The Beatles’ drummer, Tameside MBC has reverted to the pre-RingGo parking restrictions. The planning committee on Wednesday voted unanimously in favour of restoring its previous system.

This allows for an hour’s parking on Stamford Street Central and nineteen other streets in Ashton-under-Lyne. There is no return within two hours between 8am and 6pm. It was also found that Tameside MBC’s implementation of the RingGo system cost the Council £28,323. Over the two months it was implemented, the income from the RingGo scheme was a piffling £3,052.

Though Tameside MBC made a considerable loss, this was nothing on the loss of footfall in Ashton-under-Lyne. Traders claim that RingGo has already caused businesses to go bust. With TMBC sensibly restoring the previous restrictions, has this come too late to attract new and existing shoppers, even in the run-up to Christmas?

Tameside’s Tour of Britain

From motorised transport we move on to pedal power. The 14 September will see the eighth and final stage of the cycling Tour of Britain. Cyclists will enter the borough boundary at Stockport Road (Gee Cross) by noon before reaching Saddleworth for approximately 12.40 pm. From Stockport Road, the route will take in Joel Lane, Werneth Low, Hattersley, Mottram Rise, Stalybridge (via Huddersfield Road), and Hey Farm Estate before leaving the Tameside boundary outside The George Hotel.

There may be some delays on the 330, 387, 236, 237, 348, and 350 bus routes. Passengers on the 343, 353 and 354 routes may experience some minimal delays. If you wish to cheer the cyclists on, we recommend watching them from Werneth Low (great views), Mottram Road (wide pavements north of Bower Fold), and Millbrook (beside the shops near The Hare and Hounds).

The best pub for watching the cyclists passing through is The Dysarts Arms. If, after watching the Tour of Britain you fancy seeing some more live sport, Stalybridge Celtic have got a home game that Saturday. Their opponents will be Atherton Collieries.

If you thought the Tour of Britain was Tameside’s only concession to pedal power, Stalybridge will be hosting the first Tameside Bicycle Festival the following Sunday. There will be family-friendly activities such as a bicycle obstacle course. Also hints and tips from cycling experts and an exhibition of wheel art. The fun begins at 11am on Armentieres Square, finishing for 3pm.

TAC Tales

Little to report other than two things. Firstly, the section of Wellington Road between Camp Street and Harley Street has been closed to permit the pedestrianisation of this section. Secondly, as you can see in this month’s picture, Ashton-under-Lyne Interchange is coming along nicely.

Forthcoming Planning Applications

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

Not as quiet as last month.

  • On 73A Market Street, Stalybridge, a first floor flat could be converted into an extra office for Laveer Legal Employment Solicitors.
  • Between Ashton Road, Annan Street and Edward Street, Denton, a new electricity substation may be built.
  • On 4 Ashton Road, Denton, a ground floor shop unit could be changed to become a massage clinic for Rintarah. The clinic will specialise in deep tissue Thai massage therapy.
  • A new detached house could be built beside MDR Autos’ premises on 114B Manchester Road, Mossley.
  • The former Independent Methodist Church on Wellington Road on Ashton-under-Lyne could become twelve self-contained apartments. Seven of which may be one bedroom units with five two bedroom flats.
  • The bijou News Centre unit on 127 Market Street, Droylsden could be getting a Cashzone cash machine. With Droylsden having no retail banks, a nice early Christmas present (well, if it is a free-to-use ATM). Plans have also been submitted for reflective signage.
  • A and B Newsagents on 343 – 345 Manchester Road, Droylsden, could be facing deshopification. Plans have been submitted for its conversion into a private house.

Retail Movements

This month, a Mossley chippy has reopened. Also, a long-serving butty shop in Dukinfield has closed.

  • On Stamford Road, Mossley, Alan and Viv’s Chippy has reopened as The Railway Chippy.
  • The Bread Basket on Cheetham Hill Road, a pie shop and butty shop for goodness knows how long in Dukinfield has closed. The premises have been vacated with no trace of internal fittings.
  • In the midst of its closing down sale just now is Top Shop/Top Man on Warrington Street, Ashton-under-Lyne. Like McDonalds next door, the shop opened some 35 years ago, taking in the former Timothy Whites unit.
  • The former Tameside Blind Association centre on 3 – 4 Wellington Parade, Dukinfield, has been taken on by Henshaws Society for Blind People.

Pub and club update

With much great acclaim, The Astley Arms (Top Astley) off Crescent Road has reopened. So far there has already been positive reviews of the newly refurbished Robinsons/Inglenook Inns public house – especially the food and improved decor.

Also in Dukinfield, The Lodge Hotel has raised its epicurean game thanks to the pub’s change of management. Of late, its cask conditioned ales have become more adventurous with the likes of Donkeystone Brewing Company’s fare next to the usual Timothy Taylor Landlord.

Further up along the 41 bus route to Tennyson Avenue, The Forester too has had some refurbishment work. They have also introduced cask conditioned ales – either a first or a long time coming for a pub that has predominantly been keg only.

Over in Hartshead, The Pegs Lantern has been refreshed. Previously known as The Pegs Tavern and The Water House in its 51 years as a pub, it has been refurbished and renamed The Pegs Langtern. Before you go reaching for your spellcheckers, the kooky spelling of lantern reflects the pub’s present owner, the Laing family. They also own Glossop Caravans, one of Derbyshire’s most famous purveyors of recreational vehicles.

Over in Denton, the sale of The Penny Farthing as a going concern seems to have hit a brick wall. Where next, we wonder?

Next Friday (13 September), will be the Rotary Club’s Tameside Beer Festival. Taking place on the 13 and 14 September in Stalybridge Civic Hall, there will be plenty of ales, ciders and perries, and live entertainment. Among the weekend’s live acts will be Steeley Don, whom you may guess are a Steely Dan tribute act.

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Next Month:

Our next Ashton Review of Shops will be out on the 05 October 2019 at the usual time of 9am. Same bat time, same bat channel… say no more.

Oh, one more thing: last month’s Next Month should have read the ’07 September’, not the ’06 September’. Our apologies if you thought we have changed our monthly window on the shop windows from Saturday morning to Friday morning.

S.V., 07 September 2019.

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