View of Tameside One from First Floor balcony

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

This month’s window on the shop windows

  • Update on Tameside One: the Tameside Central Library;
  • Plus all the usual retail movements from Woolley Bridge to Denton’s West End.

A quick peek through Ashton’s new Central Library

After two and a half years and a few weeks, the man behind Ashton Review of Shops has finally paid a visit to the new Tameside Central Library. The new facility is swish, airy, and well lit. Like its predecessor, there is still a separate room for hosting lectures, live poetry readings, and story telling events.

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Tameside Interchange and Tameside One

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

This month’s window on the shop windows

  • Tameside One opens;
  • New retail development for Hattersley;
  • Plus all the usual retail movements from Bardsley Brow to Haughton Green.

Tameside One opens

After two and a half years in the making, Tameside One will open its doors this month. Last week, all the customer facing functions of the former TAC building moved into their new quarters from Clarence Arcade. Last Friday [01 March], Ashton-under-Lyne Jobcentre Plus moved from its base on Old Street.

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Stalybridge Station: The Pride of Cheshire

Stalybridge station beats Crewe, Manchester Airport, and Chester railway stations in awards ceremony

Stalybridge Station Buffet Bar
The iconic Stalybridge Station Buffet Bar, as seen in January 2013.

A week after Stalybridge Celtic clocked up their first away win of the season (versus Alsager Town in the Cheshire Senior Cup), another Stalybridge institution enjoyed some success. One that is used by a million passengers a year.

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Official: M25’s No Longer The Road To Hell

And it certainly isn’t the A666 either!

Regular drivers may be far from surprised as to where the UK’s real Road To Hell lies. The M6 between Cheshire and Staffordshire can be troublesome at times, and the M62 seems to have had road cones and a 50mph speed limit, between Ainley Top and the M1/M62 interchange since the start of this decade. The M25’s tropes are well publicised and form a metaphorical beltway between London and the rest of the United Kingdom. Continue reading “Official: M25’s No Longer The Road To Hell”

Inside the New Look Tameside Reporter and Glossop Chronicle

A review of the relaunched titles

Welcome Home! Front page covers of the first New Charter Housing Trust published Reporter and Chronicle newspapers.

The last time I was most excited about the relaunch of a printed publication was in 1992, when my favourite Commodore 64 magazine Zzap! 64 was about to be renamed Commodore Force. I was most excited about the fact it meant two cover mounted tapes and the obligatory Oliver Frey designed cover darkening Dentons’ shelves. As a paperboy, I never got to deliver any of the things, but I did on odd occasions, deliver the odd Stalybridge and Dukinfield Reporter. As the Tameside Reporter, my poetical endeavours have been detailed in 2003 and 2008. I have, since birth, had some part of my life affected in a nice way by the Reporter Group’s titles. Somewhere in the vaults of Chez Vall, is a Polaroid picture of me being sat by a December 1979 issue (in glorious broadsheet form!).

Almost a fortnight ago, I was happy to find out about the Reporter’s return to Tameside newsstands, and in future months, homes, albeit in freesheet form. This Thursday just gone, I tried to go to my nearest newsagent to see if he had any copies in: none in, probably not yet ordered. Luckily for me, there was a copy of the Glossop Chronicle in Chez Vall (my Dad went to Glossop that day). On Friday, along with my usual copy of the Oldham Evening Chronicle, I was happy to find the new Tameside Reporter on the newsstands at Hydes in Tommyfield Market, Oldham. Then I read it on an 83 bound for Manchester: Stalybridge Celtic on the back page; change of masthead; and a cleaner layout. Apart from the traffic on Oldham Way aboard the 83, normal service had resumed. Continue reading “Inside the New Look Tameside Reporter and Glossop Chronicle”

Cuts Scene Investigation: How Housing Benefit Reforms Will Affect Tameside Residents

An East of the M60 Exclusive Report

Fleet Street, Ashton-under-Lyne
Photograph by Gene Hunt (Creative Commons Attribution License)

The Tameside area has a wide range of former council housing stock and properties owned by housing associations. Much of it was inherited from the pre-1974 Borough, Rural and Urban District Councils. In the borough, its two main players are New Charter Housing Trust and Ashton Pioneer Homes, whom inherited Tameside MBC’s housing in 1999. Continue reading “Cuts Scene Investigation: How Housing Benefit Reforms Will Affect Tameside Residents”

Cuts Scene Investigation: Tameside’s Libraries (Part Two)

An Open Letter to the People of Dukinfield

Dukinfield Library, Concord Way, Dukinfield
Our Unique Library: under threat from ConDem cutbacks.

What Could Happen, sometime in 2013: If Option One or Two is chosen, there will be no Dukinfield Library unless a community group takes over.

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