Tyldesley has become one of just 50 towns across the UK to be accepted onto a leading government scheme to boost urban economies.
The Tyldesley Town Partnership (TTP) has ensured the area secured its spot in the Community Economic Development Programme and is looking forward to brighter days head for the town centre.
A £5,000 grant will be given to TTP for specialist work needed in the town centre, while expert mentoring will also be offered and an economic action plan for Tyldesley drawn up.
The partnership secured the place on the Government scheme following a series of visits to the borough by Westminster officials and in-depth meetings.
Founding TTP member and owner of business Digitopia Chris Wakefield said: “The partnership is working hard in the background to bring opportunities like this within reach of Tyldesley.
“Our hidden gem of a town fully deserves this kind of attention to help unlock its true potential. This is just the beginning of the beginning and much hard work lies ahead, but I don’t think it hurts to allow yourself a minute to get excited about the possibilities for Tyldesley.
Our hidden gem of a town fully deserves this kind of attention to help unlock its true potential.Chris Wakefield
“We are proud to be announcing this initiative and hope it goes some way to demonstrate our genuine commitment to the town.”
The partnership now hopes inclusion on the government scheme will bring fresh interest and inward investment to Tyldesley town centre to possibly create new retail and leisure facilities for residents.
The TTP, which is chaired by the director of arts hub Cadence Cafe Ian Jackson, has also been backed in its work by Wigan Council and elected representatives for local wards.
Coun Jo Platt, Wigan Council cabinet member for children and young people, said: “The council is very supportive of investment opportunities for Tyldesley and we are delighted that these initiatives are progressing with council support. We congratulate the TTP for its positive and decisive approach to improving Tyldesley and its prospects for the future and we look forward to working with them moving forward.”
To find out more about the TTP and its work, visit www.tyldesley.co.uk