Eccles town centre has grown from a small village into a vibrant area that provides a range of shopping and community facilities.
Located at the heart of the Manchester city region, Eccles is a well connected town served by motorways, trams, trains and buses that link it to Greater Manchester and beyond.
The town centre is home to a mix of independent, energetic local retailers and brand names as well as daily and monthly markets. Boasting a number of well known local restaurants and public houses, Eccles also hosts a number of events ranging from book talks to jazz nights.
The town centre also offers access to a number of community facilities and services. These include Eccles Gateway health and community centre, adult and children's library services, a post office, travel information offices, council and partner services plus one of the busiest Fit City leisure centres and swimming pools in Salford.
Buildings in Eccles town centre were brought back to life through a buildings front improvement scheme. This started in 2010 and since then 19 buildings have been improved including local pubs, takeaways, bakeries, cafes and newsagents. A number of prominent local landmarks including Eccles town hall have also been revived.
Works on the outside of Eccles Town Hall were completed in March 2011. The refurbishment of the hall inspired a group of local residents to join together and kick-start a project to improve the inside of the hall as well. Eccles Community Hall Organisation (ECHO) was established in July 2010 and now the Town Hall is a place for local communities to use and enjoy throughout the year.
The focus on Eccles doesn't stop with the building front improvements; we're making the streets better too! The town centre has seen a significant programme of environmental improvements. For instance:
Community feedback has been excellent with local residents and businesses pleased with the improvement works which have taken place.
A Town Team for Eccles was established with funding allocated from the Department for Communities and Local Government and from the government's High Street Innovation Fund. With representatives from the public, private and voluntary sectors, the Town Team focuses on delivering a range of marketing and promotion priorities aimed at improving the vibrancy of the town centre. These include regular themed markets such as Teenage Farmers and Craft.
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This page was last updated on 12 April 2016