Mary Portas and the Local Government Minister have launched a competition to award a share of £1million to help turn around their “unloved and unused” high streets.
How would you improve Oldham Town Centre?
More to the point, does anyone know if Oldham is entering?
Nope, but I can confirm Rochdale is
Oldham Council are looking into the possibility of entering and would welcome ideas from OBN Members
I will have a think and read over it properly and try and think of a few ideas.
Fantastic. Not sure how much help I would be, but I think we should support this in any way that we can. I shall put my thinking cap on.
Well there is a pub near the market that seems to run 24/7 karaoke. I walked passed there yesterday (Monday) at about 1pm and there was an amplified voice spewing out "Sweet Caroline" and pissed people spilling out in to the street. The immediate destruction of this pub would improve the town tenfold, I don't like karaoke at the best of times!
Seriously though, the fact Oldham has an active and reasonably popular Market is fantastic. Hardly anywhere does these days. If they could some how emphasise or expand the Market and make it more of a feature then I am sure it would make the town more popular for shopping???
Sounds like we have the venue for the next OBN social ;-)
Oldham have entered the competition.
The Students from the Media Department made a short film for the Council last week and the deadline for the bid was 30th March. The Video is here on Youtube http://youtu.be/3lSV1GRYh3c.
Mary Portas tweeted on Friday that there had been over 350 entries and counting. It just shows there is an appetite for change.
Wow, Oldham kept that quiet
The difference to the centre now, from when I was an art student in 1989 at Oldham College, to working in retail early 1990s is shocking! Maybe it is due to the generation that buy online?