Former café set for a new lease of life

A POPULAR ice cream firm is set to establish roots in Tameside by taking on a visitor centre’s former café.

The building that housed the Stables at Ashton’s Park Bridge is currently on the market, with tenants having to pay rent of about £6,000 a year.

The Correspondent has learned an offer on the property has been made, with Saddleworth-based Grandpa Greene’s likely to take it on.

Park Bridge former cafe building

Part of a stable block to the former iron works, Tameside Council has marketed the property.

Described as ‘self-contained premises that extend over two floors, with kitchen, dining area, WC, office and storerooms to the ground floor and additional rooms/offices, plus bathroom, and large store room to the first floor’, it could even be extended if it stays as a café.

The documents reveal: “There is a covered outdoor seating area and rights to further outdoor seating areas both immediately outside the café and on a cobbled area overlooking the river.”

The Stables was returned to Tameside Council in June last year at the end of a lease.

And documents reveal the authority is keen to bring Grandpa Greene’s in, with them stating: “The proposed new lease will bring the property back into use, transfer much of the liability to the tenant and generate a revenue income for the authority.

“The council would generate a revenue income from the asset. The incoming tenant would also be responsible for the council’s legal and surveyors’ fees in completing the agreement.”

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