Have your say on new M&S store

Oldham Advertiser - - BIG PICTURE - RUHUBIA AKBOR ruhubia.akbor@men­media.co.uk @Ruhu­bi­aAk­bor

THE public are be­ing given the chance to give their opin­ions on the new M&S devel­op­ment.

Plans are in place to build 800 new homes and new shops – in­clud­ing a Marks and Spencers store – as part of a multi-mil­lion pound re­gen­er­a­tion scheme.

The Prince’s Gate at Old­ham Mumps hopes to re­ju­ve­nate the eastern gate­way into the town.

Peo­ple can view the plans and quiz the project de­sign scheme at a drop-in con­sul­ta­tion event tak­ing place this week.

Coun­cil leader, Coun Jim McMa­hon, said: “Prince’s Gate at Old­ham Mumps is vi­tal to the fu­ture of our town cen­tre.

“With the ar­rival of the Metrolink line, our eastern gate­way is open­ing up as a fan­tas­tic new op­por­tu­nity and we must cap­i­talise by at­tract­ing new high street names, of­fer­ing qual­ity town cen­tre living op­tions and find­ing a mod­ern use for the Old Bank build­ing. That’s why this is a re­ally ex­cit­ing scheme – a gamechanger – that is all about our as­pi­ra­tions for Old­ham town cen­tre.

“This is a fan­tas­tic op­por­tu­nity to get the right fa­cil­i­ties peo­ple want to see here in Old­ham – and to sig­nif­i­cantly im­prove what it of­fers res­i­dents, busi­nesses and vis­i­tors.

“To help us get this right it’s es­sen­tial that we hear your views.

“Whether you’re a lo­cal trader, shop­per or res­i­dent, I would urge any­one with a few min- utes to spare to drop in to this event and view the plans.

“Your in­put could be vi­tal in shap­ing the fi­nal scheme.”

The plans can be viewed at 17-19 Mumps, next to the Kava Cof­fee Shop, from 10am to 5pm to­mor­row or from 10am to 4pm on Satur­day.

They will also be avail­able on­line at old­ham.gov.uk/princes­gate from to­mor­row.

The new M&S store is set to open by 2017.

An artist’s im­pres­sion of the new M&S at Prince’s Gate

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