The countdown to Rochdale Feel Good Festival 2017 has begun with the confirmation of the date for this year’s blockbuster summer event.
The festival - celebrating its 10th birthday - will return on Saturday 12 August, confirmed organisers Rochdale Borough Council, who are promising another incredible showcase of entertainment, food and culture.
Past Feel Good performers include The Fratellis, The South, Scouting for Girls, Fun Lovin’ Criminals, Toploader, The Feeling, Martha Reeves and the Vandellas, Badly Drawn Boy and The Lightning Seeds.
The 2017 festival will include live music across indoor venues, a main stage against the backdrop of the town hall, a quality food market and family entertainment.
The festival is funded by the council together with sponsorship from local businesses.
Warm-up events will be held the day before the festival and earlier in August.
Councillor Janet Emsley, cabinet member for culture, health and wellbeing said: “To celebrate its tenth birthday we will be delivering a really special Feel Good Festival, not just to mark the occasion but also to thank all the loyal visitors who have been coming down and supporting the festival come rain or shine during our amazing 10-year journey. Since 2008 this event has attracted many tens of thousands of people into town to enjoy fabulous live music, food, arts and entertainment and I’m looking forward to the party of the decade! It’s an unmissable festival for friends and family to enjoy, and always a good opportunity for local businesses to host their own event, so if you would like to be part of it, get in touch now, space is always in high demand.”
Once again a local band will get chance to play the main stage. Last year Rochdale feel good four piece ‘The Jackson Kay Band’ got the party started with a storming set on the Saturday afternoon. The competition will be launched in April with local acts encouraged to apply to win the coveted slot.
If you would like to get involved with the festival, email email@example.com
For festival updates via Facebook, go to www.facebook.com/feelgoodfestival or connect with the festival on twitter @FeelGoodFest
Borough Council has announced it intends to appoint market turnaround
specialists Quarterbridge to take forward the redevelopment of Rochdale’s new
Families across the borough are being given the chance to shape the future of one of the borough’s most important buildings as part of a unique council competition.
The hunt is on families to take part in a film that will be shown to the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) to support the council’s bid for £15m to transform the iconic building.
The winning family will be shown around the town hall’s fascinating interior, while being filmed, to show how impressive the building is and what its restoration would mean for local residents.
As well as getting the chance to influence this important bid, the competition winners will be given the special prize of a private guided tour, away from the distraction of filming, at a time and date of their choosing. They will also be given a meal for up to five people in the town hall’s new Clock Tower Dining Room.
If successful, the HLF bid will enable the council to transform unused parts of the town hall into new publically accessible spaces, so more people can enjoy this fascinating building and the council can attract a wider range of residents and visitors. The grant would also help the council make extensive repairs to its stunning period features.
The video which the competition winners will be taking part in will be shown to HLF bosses when they visit the borough in March, ahead of them making a final decision on the council’s bid in April. The video may also be used more widely in future, to let members of the public know about our HLF bid.
Councillor Richard Farnell, leader of Rochdale Borough Council, said: “Our winning family will be able to say that they are part of the town hall’s fascinating story and I think that’s a really exciting opportunity. It’s important to us and the Heritage Lottery Fund that our residents are part of this bid, so we’d love the community to get involved in this competition.
“The town hall has always been a focal point of Rochdale life and has played a huge role in our borough’s history. We want it to continue to be a big part of the Rochdale story for years to come and that’s why this lottery bid is so important.”
Entrants must be available for filming on Sunday 12 February and the competition closes at 12 noon on Monday 7 February. The winners will be drawn on Tuesday 8 February, with winners being contacted by phone within 24 hours of this date. Participants will need to be patient, as filming could take the whole afternoon.
Anyone who would like to enter their family for this competition can do so at: rochdale.gov.uk/filmstarscompetition
Hybrid application comprising comprehensive phased regeneration of Rochdale A) Detailed application for Phase One for erection of four commercial buildings and decked car park to provide retail, food and drink uses (Use Classes A1, A3 and A4, maximum 22,511 sq.m), cinema (Use Class D2, maximum 1,797 sq.m), gym (Use Class D2, maximum 2,018 sq.m) together with new service road and junction at John Street, ancillary uses, servicing and common areas, landscaping and infrastructure; and for B) Outline application (all matters reserved) for Phase Two for erection of four buildings to provide retail, food and drink (Use Classes A1, A3, A4 and A5 maximum 1,000 sq.m), offices / commercial (Use Classes A2 and B1, maximum 4,000 sq.m), residential uses (Use Class C3, maximum 100 dwellings), hotel use (Use Class C1, maximum 120 bedrooms), and leisure (Use Class D1, maximum 500 sq.m) together with associated car parking, ancillary uses, landscaping and infrastructure. (Application accompanied by an Environmental Statement). | Rochdale Riverside Land Bound By Smith Street To South, John Street To East, Rear Of Yorkshire Street To North, Penn Street And Baillie Street To Northwest And Constantine Road To West Rochdale
A new independent bakery has opened in the heart of Rochdale town centre as part of the council’s business rates sale.
Food lovers have snapped up an early Christmas present, with the Laughing Loaf opening in the Walk, selling traditional Lancashire treats like Eccles cakes, Manchester tart and hotpot.
And owners Rachel Goodyear and Patrick Jarrett, will be saving a lot of dough, having taken advantage of the council scheme, which offers new independent businesses 80 per cent off their rates in the first year of trading, followed by a 50 per cent discount in year two and a 30 per cent off in the third year.
The sale has already brought scores of new businesses into the town centre, including restaurant CockaDoodleMoo and shoe repair and key cutting business Shoemaster. It was extended to Middleton and Heywood earlier this year.
Rachael and Patrick have been selling their goods, which they source from independent bakeries across Lancashire, on Rochdale Market for two years and have built up a loyal following. They also run a regular stall on Middleton Market on Tuesdays, but the council’s rates sale gave them the vital additional ingredient they needed to make the move from market stall to shop. And, with some support from Rochdale Town Centre Management, they have now moved in and set up shop, just in time for the festive season.
Rachel said: “Without the council’s rates sale, we wouldn’t have been an able to open this shop, because the costs of setting up in a unit for the first time are so high. It was a great opportunity for us.
“We’ve only been here a few days and we’ve been really busy. We’ve got a full list of orders for mince pies and fresh bread, which people want for Christmas, and we’re already looking to use all the space we have here to start selling fresh sandwiches, hot and cold lunch and breakfast options and Jamaican delicacies in the new year.
“Independent businesses are a really important part of the high street and people are responding well to us. None of our food is mass produced, and some of our customers just pop in for a chat and some company, which you wouldn’t necessarily be able to do in larger stores.
Council leader, Councillor Richard Farnell, said: “While our £250m regeneration programme will bring the well-known names we desperately need into Rochdale, independent businesses are an equally important part of any quality high street.
“But the huge cost of setting up in a unit for the first time means that having a proper high base is often beyond their reach for many of these small businesses. That’s why we set up this initiative, to give them the push they needed to invest in Rochdale and turn our empty units into thriving businesses.”Businesses which would like to find out more about the council’s rates sale and other support available, can visit: www.rochdale.gov.uk/smallbizhelp
A national planning expert has said that the best is yet to come for Rochdale during a special tour of the town centre.
Phil Williams, President of the RPTI (Royal Town Planning Institute) made the comment during a visit to Rochdale, after the river re-opening scheme scooped the RPTI’s prestigious award for Excellence in Planning for the Natural Environment.
Mr Williams heard about Rochdale town centre’s £250m regeneration programme, which has changed the area beyond recognition since it started in 2010.
Mr Williams, who is also Director of Planning and Place at Belfast City Council, said: “Rochdale is looking fantastic and it’s clear that the best is yet to come. In my experience, once you’ve achieved big things, like the river-re-opening, there’s a real momentum behind you and achieving even more starts to become a lot easier.
“Rochdale town centre is a great example of physical regeneration and there’s a lot more in the pipeline, including plans for the restoration of the town hall and the new Rochdale Market. I’m sure that these future projects will be as successful as the obvious recent achievements.”
Mr William’s comments cement a growing national confidence in Rochdale town centre, following the recent news that the borough’s council building, central library and customer service centre, Number one Riverside, will host the Natural History Museum’s famous Diplodocus dinosaur cast when it goes on a national tour for the first time.
The borough’s flagship regeneration scheme, the new shopping and leisure facility, Rochdale Riverside, has also taken a major step forward in recent weeks, with a detailed planning application being submitted to the council.
Councillor Jacqui Beswick, Deputy Leader of Rochdale Borough Council, said: “There was some doubt around aspects of our regeneration plans, like the river re-opening, but I think it’s really exceeded people’s expectations. Lots of people have come to the town centre just to see it. I think people understand that we are building a better Rochdale town centre and we’ve got off to a cracking start.”
Michael Howarth, owner of new Rochdale wine bar, Vicolo Del Vino, said: “We wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for the river re-opening. It’s really improved the town centre. I’m doing much better than I expected to and now I’m looking into opening an additional business in the town centre.”
of the most famous museum exhibits in the world is heading to Rochdale as part
of an unprecedented national tour.
Rochdale’s new shopping and leisure centre, Rochdale Riverside, has taken a major step forward, with a detailed planning application on the development being submitted to the council.
The application outlines detailed plans by developers Genr8 for the scheme, which has already signed high street giants M&S and Next, alongside Reel cinema.
The £60m development will comprise around 24 retail and leisure units, as well as a six screen cinema and 350 new parking spaces.
The final stage of demolition to clear the site is also well underway, with Telegraph House expected to have disappeared from the Rochdale skyline by Christmas.
Residents can view the plans and speak to representatives from the developer’s design team at an exhibition in Number One Riverside, Smith Street, Rochdale on Monday 28 November from 11am to 7pm.
After that date, the exhibition will remain on display for two weeks.
Councillor Richard Farnell, leader of Rochdale Borough Council, said: “This is a hugely important milestone for the regeneration of our town centre. The new stores and high street names will attract new shoppers back to town and give a massive boost to all retailers. It's a unique mix of retail and leisure which will create 1,000 new jobs and boost the local economy by £17M.
"This is a red letter day for Rochdale and yet more evidence in the turnaround of the fortunes of our town centre.
"Rochdale Riverside is an important part of our £250m regeneration programme, which has transformed Rochdale beyond all recognition since 2010. The development is a key part of Rochdale town centre’s £250m regeneration programme, which includes the re-opening of the River Roch and the construction of Rochdale Borough Council’s award winning customer service centre, library and office building, Number One Riverside.
The latest news is another boost to the shopping offer in Rochdale, coming just weeks after the submission of a planning application for a new Rochdale Market on the Butts and in the former Santander building, which adjoins the site.
The Rochdale Riverside planning application and supporting documents will be available to view online on the council’s planning website from Monday 28 November. People who would like to look at a shorter summary of the plans can view them at: www.rochdaletowncentre.com.
The application is expected to be considered early in the New Year and construction works are programmed to start by late summer 2017.
pair of historic ornate lamps which originally stood outside the Mayor of
Rochdale’s home during their term in office are back show in the town.
brand new Rochdale market is one step closer, with a planning application for a
prime town centre site set to be submitted in the next few weeks.