Redevelopment of shopping centre offers chance for disability improvements

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A consultation into Spindles Shopping Centre in Oldham could finally lead to the installation of a Changing Places disabled toilet, it is hoped.

Oldham Council is calling on the public to have their say on the redevelopment of the complex.

The council purchased the landmark building in Autumn 2020 – to provide a new home for Tommyfield Market and kickstart redevelopment across the town centre. 

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In addition to bringing the market into Spindles, it is also exploring options for how the shopping centre can be redeveloped further as part of its economic and Covid-19 recovery plans. 

Cllr Sean Fielding, Council Leader and Cabinet Member for Economy and Skills, said: “We bought Spindles with a clear aim – to support the future of Oldham.  

“This includes providing Tommyfield Market with a much-needed new home, ensuring Spindles Town Square has a wide-ranging offer that isn’t just focused on retail and to unlock land for new homes, a new park and public open space. We want everyone to have their say.”

The initial survey will gauge public opinion on the current offer and what people need and want to see in the future.

Oldham Council is also launching a soft market testing exercise which will give developers the chance to engage with us and outline their approach to delivering the redevelopment project. This is an important step in bringing the redevelopment vision to life. 

Cllr Fielding added: “By making the town centre a family friendly, accessible, inclusive place to live, work and spend time for leisure – we can breathe new life into it and ensure it has a sustainable and thriving future.”

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