Hyde must be assisted by an ‘expert’ to breathe new life into the town center and recover from the Code 19 epidemic.
The city is one of 70 nationally selected by the Thameside Council for the High Street Task Force Program (HSTF).
The High Street Task Force is an initiative announced by the government in March, which will run until 2024.
It will provide assistance in the form of providing ‘expert advice’, training and data to local leaders in town centers and high streets in England.
The Thameside Council Task Force will work with the team to assess Hyde’s ‘key strengths and challenges’ and develop a blueprint for change to better serve this community now and in the future.
The collaboration package will include targeted expert counseling, guidance, workshops, access to local fortune telling data, and training programs.
Jane Travers, director of development, told the executive cabinet meeting: “It does not include funding, so we are not signing a financial agreement with it, it is just a task force support at this stage.
“They want to facilitate some programs with business leaders, ward members and other leaders at Timeside to bring some fresh ideas and fresh thinking.
An expert adviser will be immediately appointed by the task force to begin desk-based research around Hyde Town Center.
Adviser Hyde will then make a half-day ‘diagnostic tour’.
Once the center is visited, the consultant will look to meet with local ‘placemakers’, ward members, council staff and other key stakeholders in a three-hour workshop.
A data dashboard will also be set up to monitor things like football in the town center.
Councilor Oliver Ryan, a member of the Cabinet for Development, said: “This is some of the great support we have received for Hyde Town Center.
“It will help Hyde get to a place where we can make a master plan, and it will give us access to cities like Staley Bridge and Ashton so that we can complete our reconstruction work.”
Council leader Brenda Warrington called the plans “very interesting.”