£2 million secured for investment in Prestwich – thanks to Prestwich Labour
Prestwich Labour Councillors have been working hard for some time to secure major investment in Prestwich.
Residents, businesses and shoppers are now being asked for their views on a £2 million project to regenerate the main road through Prestwich village.
The aim is to give Prestwich an improved and lively high street, full of independent retailers, with a much improved environment and measures to tackle congestion.
Proposals have now been drawn up by Bury Council with the help of the Prestwich Township Forum, Prestwich Regeneration Group and the A56 Design Group. Residents have been involved in all of these forums.
A 12 week consultation period was launched at November’s Township Forum, and will be running right up to Christmas.
The scheme aims to:
1.) Improve the town centre environment for all
2.) Improve pedestrian movement and accessibility
3.) Support local businesses
4.) Attract additional public and private investment
5.) Reduce the impact of traffic while maintaining traffic flow
To achieve these aims, it is not physically feasible to have two lanes of traffic running in both directions due to the width of the road. This would mean vehicle lanes and pavements would be too narrow.
The budget for this scheme is £2 million. Bury Council is providing £1.5 million and has secured a further £500,000 from Transport for Greater Manchester.
You can have your say on the Council website via www.bury.gov.uk/prestwichhighst or by dropping into one of 12 sessions arranged at Prestwich Library:
- Monday: 16 November, 23 November, 7 December – From 4pm to 7pm
- Thursday: 19 November, 3 December, 17 December – From 10am to 12 noon
- Saturday: 21 November, 28 November, 12 December – From 10am to 12 noon
- Sunday: 22 November, 6 December, 13 December – From 10am to 12 noon
St.Mary’s ward councillor Jane Black, who chairs the Prestwich Township Forum, says:
“I am delighted that the fully-funded proposals for the road will now be put to public consultation. This major investment will benefit residents, businesses and commuters, and help with the ongoing regeneration of the village centre. I now want to encourage everyone to take part in the consultation, which runs right up to Christmas.”