Commenting on the award of £14.5 million towards the regeneration of Stockport Town Centre announced as part of the Government’s Future High Streets Fund bid, Denton and Reddish MP Andrew Gwynne said:
“What a fantastic end to 2020 for Stockport. It’s great news that the town’s bid for funding has succeeded – something I was happy to support when Stockport Council put forward the plans to Ministers.
“Stockport Town Centre has declined over the past decade, but with this funding, and the ambitious plans for both the Old Town and the Mayoral Development Corporation, the future of the town is now firmly on the up.
“This hasn’t happened by accident. It has been a core aim of the Labour administration at Stockport Council. In all their years in office, the Liberal Democrats had no vision for Stockport Town Centre. In just four years investment is up, bids are succeeding and the vision of a vibrant Stockport is now becoming a reality.
“Now we need the same vision to help rejuvenate the borough’s District Centres, like at Houldsworth Square in Reddish.”
The council submitted a £14.5m bid to the FHSF earlier this month to deliver their ambitious project for the town centre known as ‘StockRoom’ which will hopefully also see an additional investment of £8m in re-purposing the former M&S and BHS stores.
StockRoom will bring a learning and knowledge hub to town centre – a future-focused community and public facing services hub – which can be used by the whole community. It will celebrates the culture and creativity of the town, providing a space that encourages people to tell their story, where residents can spend leisure time, learn and celebrate their heritage.