Building in Eccles town centre

Eccles is an historic market town within the city of Salford with a population of around 42,000 people. It grew up around the 13th century Parish Church and is perhaps best known for the infamous Eccles Cake.

Eccles has excellent transport links, a strong heritage story, an emerging independent café and retail sector, an active community and voluntary sector and good education provision. However, Eccles has found recent years hard, particularly in terms of job opportunities, housing that doesn’t meet people’s needs, empty shops in the town centre and an overall lack of investment.

It’s now time for change

During 2022 we asked over 600 people: 'What does the future of Eccles look like and how do we get there?'

We have listened to the views of the local community and what we now have is a shared vision that reflects the ambitions of the people who live, work and spend time in Eccles.

The vision has been inspired by the distinctiveness, unique character and heritage of Eccles. It highlights what makes it special and the opportunities there are in helping attract investment in buildings and greenspaces, create jobs, build homes and support businesses.

What’s next?

Eccles has the potential to play an important role in the growth, not just of Salford, but Greater Manchester. As the town looks to the future there is opportunity for people to get behind this vision so we can collectively shout about the potential Eccles offers.

The next step of the journey is to appoint a developer who can take this vision and, through ongoing consultation and engagement with the community, firm it up into a plan for what, where and when change will happen.

We want to keep talking to people about this. So, if you are a resident, business, community group, or visitor, please do get in touch and help shape the Eccles of the future. 

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You can download a copy of the Eccles Vision below.

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This page was last updated on 4 January 2023

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