Tameside quite literally has something for everyone. It not only borders Manchester, with which it has excellent road, rail and tram links, but also wide expanses of countryside ideal for walking and other leisure pursuits. This is a community with a warm heart and proud heritage but it also has its eyes firmly fixed on the future and providing the very best opportunities for all.
Something for everyone
Tameside is at an exciting time in its history as it undergoes a huge transformation through the Vision Tameside project.
Vision Tameside – a partnership between Tameside Council and Tameside College – is an ambitious redevelopment strategy to bring greater economic prosperity and transform learning and skills.
It will deliver an ambitious future for Tameside by attracting new businesses and creating jobs and opportunities for residents.
It includes Tameside One, which is open in Ashton Town Centre and features a Joint Public Service Centre – headquarters for both Tameside Council and Tameside and Glossop CCG – and the new Ashton Library, customer services and welfare rights, Citizens Advice, Cash Box Credit Union and Jobcentre Plus. A new retail space for Wilko will open at Tameside One later in 2019.
It’s also home to Tameside College’s Advanced Skills Centre, providing students with one of the best learning resources in Greater Manchester in specialist subjects including hospitality and catering, bakery, travel and tourism, hair and beauty and business.
Central to Vision Tameside is a transformational three-phase development of the Tameside College campus.
Brand new buildings, based in Ashton Town Centre and at the Beaufort Road site, offer young people in Tameside state of the art facilities that equip them for the challenges of a changing economy requiring a highly skilled workforce.
An Advanced Learning Centre, built on Camp Street and named Clarendon Sixth Form College, opened in October 2015, while an Advanced Engineering and Technology Centre was built on Stamford Street and opened its doors in September 2016.
The Advanced Skills Centre at Tameside One opened in March 2019. A Construction Centre will be opened at the Beaufort Road site in 2020.
This once in a lifetime opportunity for Tameside brings together the latest transport infrastructure, the fastest broadband connection in Greater Manchester and outstanding teaching and learning facilities in state of the art accommodation that doesn’t just transform the lives of young people but raises the aspirations and opportunities available to the whole Tameside community.
Tameside’s schools have also undergone massive investment. Over the last decade, virtually every school has been rebuilt or remodelled. Exam results are consistently better than the national average.
Leisure and retail
Ashton’s old public baths, which lay derelict for many years, has been reborn as a high-tech business incubator with help from the European Regional Development Fund and the Heritage Lottery Fund.
Work at the mid-Victorian building, which closed as a swimming baths in 1975, has involved cleaning, repairs and the replacement of external stonework. The new office space is housed inside a free-standing timber-clad pod within the former main pool.
The Ashton Arcades shopping centre opened in 1995. It covers 13,000 square metres (140,000 sq ft) on two floors with more than 40 shops. In 2006, IKEA opened its first town centre-store in Ashton.
Other shopping areas include the Snipe Retail Park in Audenshaw and the Crown Point Mall in Denton.
Ashton’s multi award-winning market, which dates back to medieval times, is undergoing a major refurbishment. The market hall was rebuilt and reopened in 2008 and the outside market is being completely revamped.
There is a monthly farmers’ market in Ashton as well as an artisan market in Stalybridge and a craft market in Hyde.
Sports provision is another area undergoing major investment. A new pool and wellness centre is to be built in Denton, Hyde is getting a pool to add to its popular leisure pool, and there are many top-class playing surfaces including a Fifa two-star pitch recently laid at Ewen Fields, Hyde. Cyclists have the benefit of various trails and hubs.
The Peak District National Park is easily accessible, and the borough lies at the junction of three canals: the Peak Forest, Ashton, and Huddersfield Narrow which meet at Portland Basin where there is an award-winning heritage centre.
Park Bridge Heritage Centre in the Medlock Valley is a museum dedicated to the history of the settlement of Park Bridge and its industry. Broad Mills Heritage Site, in Broadbottom, preserves the remains of an early 19th-century textile works. Art galleries in the borough include Astley Cheetham Art Gallery in Stalybridge.
Tameside has eight designated Local Nature Reserves which are Knott Hill, Hollinwood Branch Canal, Great Wood, Haughton Dale, Hulmes and Hardy Woods, Castle Clough and Cowbury Dale, Hurst Clough and Rocher Vale.