Is the Mayor actually investing in our town centres?

COUNCIL chiefs have been asked to explain what progress, if any, is being made over investment proposals for Royton

Thirty months ago, Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham launched his Town Centre Challenge in a flurry of publicity.

Oldham Council Leader Sean Fielding (right) and Mayor of Greater Manchester Andy Burnham in Royton Town Centre.

In October 2018, Royton was chosen as Oldham borough’s representative with the ex-Labour MP accompanying OMBC leader Cllr Sean Fielding on a walkabout in the town.

Now the Leader of the Opposition, Cllr Howard Sykes, wants to know if a promise made by the Mayor to work with local authorities and partners to unlock the potential in towns and urban centres has been followed up.

Cllr Sykes said: “Royton town centre was chosen to be part of this Town Centre Challenge.

“The Liberal Democrats believe communities deserve no less, and proper attention must be given to local investment.

“I must ask what work the Mayor has conducted with Oldham Council to realise this vision.
“Royton was chosen despite my requests for Shaw to be considered. However, it appears little if anything has happened.

“What concrete outcomes or plans are now in place as a result of this initiative? Not many people have heard about this challenge.

“I am sure the thousands of people who live in Royton and across Oldham would like to hear what is practically been done.”

At the time Mr Burnham said: “It was great to visit Royton and discuss the opportunities there with local people, businesses and residents.

“It is clearly a place that already has a lot of activity going on and good facilities.

“I am looking forward to seeing what can be done to assist the master planning that Oldham Council has already undertaken and give the area the boost that it needs to thrive even more.”

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