DELIVERING Oldham’s Cultural Quarter is a major priority for this administration – and we are making really good progress.
Last week we released the new designs for the Oldham Coliseum Theatre that will be built on the current Southgate Street car park site.
This will be the second time the Coliseum has moved in its 132-year history and it should really help the theatre to fulfil its undoubted potential, serving its existing audiences and opening it up to whole new ones.
The Coliseum will be located alongside our other main cultural assets in the Cultural Quarter.
It will sit alongside the new Arts and Heritage Centre in the former library building and it will be linked with Gallery Oldham, Library and Lifelong Learning Centre.
Located just yards from the Oldham Central Metrolink stop and the Old Town Hall, the Cultural Quarter will be our next crucial step in reinvigorating the town centre and visitor economy – and providing brilliant facilities for residents in the future.
Back to the present and we’re hosting our annual Easter-themed event ‘Spring into Oldham’ this Saturday in our fantastic new setting of Parliament Square.
Running from 11am to 4pm, this will be a day packed with loads of free and fun things for all the family.
You can meet Chickedy and Chick from the hit CBeebies show ‘Twirlywoos’, take part in a madcap Egg Hunt with the Easter Bunny or enjoy the visiting petting farm with rabbits, chicks and a Jersey calf.
There’s also story-telling sessions on offer inside in a giant inflatable egg, and Easter bonnet-making craft activities.
Everything finishes off with a spectacular bonnet parade around the square with the Town Centre mascots Ollie and Millie starting at 3pm.
Please send in your pictures on the day to us on Twitter @OldhamCouncil using the hashtag #LoveOldham. And don’t forget to take advantage of up to three hours of free parking in all council-owned car parks at weekends – just remember you do need to take and display a ticket.
Finally, on the subject of the little ones, we’re looking for the views of all parents or carers of children aged four years and under about the forthcoming introduction of 30 hours of free childcare in the borough.
From September this year, eligible parents will be able to access this offer – double the current amount – for 38 weeks of the year.
We want to hear your views to help us anticipate how many people are likely to take this up so that we make sure everyone’s needs are met.
All the answers and information you provide are confidential and won’t be shared with any third parties.
To take part, please visit www.oldham.gov.uk/30hrparent survey and fill in the form before Friday, April 21.