Altrincham Forward Plan Agreed

June 19, 2012 12:22 pm

Altrincham ForwardA long awaited action plan to improve Altrincham town Centre has been agreed in the last Altrincham Forward board meeting on the 11th June.

Altrincham Forward are a task force set up to restore Altrincham’s status as one of the most presigious towns in the UK. They are made up of a number of well known names in the area who are working closely with Trafford Council, Altrincham and Sale Chamber of Commerce and the Altrincham and Bowdon Civic Society.

Altrincham forward have been meeting regularly for a number of months to discuss ways in which they can help regenerate the town, the latest meeting on the 11th June detailed some great ideas and a clear vision for the next 12 months.

The full plan will now be available as the main focus of a number of events, engagements and consultations over the summer.

Cllr Matt Colledge, Chair of Altrincham Forward said:

“Over the last few months we have identified the priority actions needed in the town centre and worked out just what we can do to address the key problem areas. That work is now beginning and we want views and suggestions from the whole community on a wide range of issues.”

The aim of Altrincham forward is to give Altrincham a new lease of life and energy that will encourage shoppers, visitors and developments in the area. The new action plan is looking at a number of ways to improve the main streets in Altrincham including a Landlords Forum. The Landlords forum is a new initiative that will encourage people to use vacant shops, this will make the streets look busier and more attractive and keep the empty shops temporarily being used and looked after instead of being left empty.

Altrincham Forward are also keen to get more independent businesses into the area, more businesses will bring more shoppers and support to the town which will help boost the existing economy and businesses.

Helen France, Trafford’s lead officer for Altrincham, said:

“The Board also agreed a detailed Marketing & Communications strategy and new working arrangements to ensure we can deliver what is proposed. We are now working hard to identify the resources needed to get things done. I am delighted to say we are receiving regular offers of help from local businesses and individuals and we look forward to even more people getting involved.”

Stephen Nicol, MD of economic research consultancy Regeneris and Altrincham Forward Board member added:

“Deciding what were the priorities to be addressed has taken time to agree, but we now have a programme of activities that will make a major contribution to the revitalisation of the town centre. It is now time for everybody to get on board and work together to make that change happen.”

In the next few weeks Altrincham Forward will release full details of the plan and also the dates for the upcoming events over the summer 2012.

We think the ideas being brought forward are great and show that there is a lot going on behind the scenes to help the regeneration of Altrincham.

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