Residents invited to explore Stalybridge Civic Hall

TAMESIDE residents will have the opportunity to find out about the past, present and future of Stalybridge Civic Hall.

The former Victoria Market Hall on Trinity Street will be open for visitors on Friday 10 September between 4pm and 7pm, while Stalybridge Street Feast is running.

There will be chance to learn about planned repairs to the grade II listed former market hall, as well as plans for other parts of the town centre.

The event will show the history of the building and residents will be able to share their memories of the space.

Stalybridge Civic Hall, Town centre – photo by Gemma Carter

A study of the Civic Hall is currently taking place to establish the potential future use for the 150-year-old building.  The capital works will take place over the next few years and will secure the future of the building for generations to come.

Following a successful funding bid to Historic England and with match funding from Tameside Council, the £2.5million Stalybridge Town Centre Heritage Action Zone (HAZ) continues to gain momentum and will help to regenerate areas such as Market Street and help to restore the town’s local historic character.

Additional funding to support the Town Centre Heritage Action Zone programme has recently been approved to allow for the full repair and replacement of the Civic Hall roof.

Design work is underway on the Heritage Walk part of the project to enhance the appearance of the conservation area along Market Street and upgrade the walking routes in the town.  Discussions are underway with targeted locations along the Heritage Walk as part of a repair and reinstatement grant scheme to carry out work to reinstate historic features and enhance the front of the premises.

Stalybridge Street Feast is also held at the same time and will feature a selection of local food and drinks stalls and entertainment.

Cllr Oliver Ryan, Tameside Council executive member for Finance and Economic Growth, and Cllr Sam Gosling, chair of the Stalybridge Advisory Group, said: “We want to create a portrait of Stalybridge where people can share stories and photographs which will build a picture of how this historic town has changed.

“If you have any special memories about the town, it’s buildings and events, we’d love to hear them.

“It’s fantastic we have such a diverse programme of work planned for Stalybridge over the next few years that will further enhance the town centre.”

To find out more about work in Stalybridge and share memories of the area, please visit www.tameside.gov.uk/HAZ.

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