Campaign launched to name new Greater Manchester square- how to add your suggestion

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Planners behind the square want to see local people name it

People in one area of Trafford are being invited to suggest names for a new town square. The project in Stretford has been backed by Stretford town centre and Trafford Council, and will connect the newly restored King Street and Pinnington Lane. The creation of the new public space is in full swing. The hopes are that it will become a true community focal point within the area. 

Entries can be submitted either on a web form or in person at the post box located in the SQ in Stretford town centre. Entrants will be asked for their name, age, contact details and a small anecdote behind their suggested name, and submissions will close on Sunday May 19.

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After submissions are closed, the Stretford town centre forum will decide on three entries to go to the public vote that best represent the area and fit into the three areas of inspiration. The three finalists will then be presented to the public, who will make the final decision. 

Residents are asked to use inspiration from three themes that represent Stretford when coming up with the names:

  • Heritage - celebrating the fascinating history embedded into Stretford’s identity

  • Culture - showcasing the rich and vibrant cultural tapestry that defines the essence of the town and its residents

  • Community - reflecting the strong sense of unity among Stretford’s residents, making the town a welcoming place to live, work, and socialise.

An artists impression of the new square in StretfordAn artists impression of the new square in Stretford
An artists impression of the new square in Stretford | Stretford Town Centre

James Tootle, Head of Retail and Leisure at Bruntwood, said: “The new public square will be at the heart of Stretford town centre and who better to name it than the local community. It will provide a new hub for the town centre, a space for everybody in the Stretford community and our vision is that it will inspire even more great collaborations and play an important role in the area.

“We want to hear from as many people as possible so please do come and see us at the Stretford socials and submit your ideas, or do so via the post box in the Mall, or online. We can’t wait to hear ideas from the community and to work together to take another step towards a better town centre.”

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A spokesperson for Trafford Council said: “The public square will be an exciting and vibrant addition to the new-look Stretford town centre. We’re delighted to be teaming up with Bruntwood to launch the competition to name the new square. We would encourage as many people as possible to take part – good luck!”

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