Levelling up Ashton Town Centre

The Council have secured £6.6 million of funding from the Government to deliver a major programme of investment that will enhance the offer and environment within the town centre, support existing and new businesses, improve connectivity (including walking and cycling) and create vital community space

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The following projects are to be delivered over the next three years which are anticipated to make the town centre more attractive, increase visitor numbers and support existing and new businesses:

  • Improvements to the historic market site which will bring it back into use for a range of uses including events, small businesses and space for the community
  • A grant fund to contribute towards improvements to business premises and shop fronts, helping to reduce vacant and under-used space and creating a welcoming atmosphere
  • Arts trails and improved lighting around the town centre
  • Making streets more attractive, greener and safer for pedestrians and cyclists.
Ashton Aerial view
Ashton concept artwork

These ambitious plans will enhance the town centre offer and environment, support existing businesses and create new opportunities that will drive growth.

The projects were identified following engagement with the local community including workshops, stakeholder meetings and public consultation within the town centre and online, which provided a strong basis for the Council’s funding bid that was submitted in Summer 2022.

We will provide further information on this webpage as progress is made.

Focussed on the heart of the town centre and the historic market site, this major regeneration project for Ashton-in-Makerfield is underway.

The #OurFutureAshton plans were one of 16 areas unveiled as part of the government’s Spring Budget and will be spearheaded by the newly formed Ashton Innovation Board.

For an overview of the proposals, watch a short video from those in-the-know about this exciting development (external link).

Keep in touch

We know that communicating and engaging with the local community is key to the success of this project, and ensuring everyone sees the benefits of this investment.

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We are planning to provide regular updates and obtain input and feedback from businesses and residents at key points along this exciting journey.

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