Trafford is just a stone’s throw away from Manchester city centre, making it ideally positioned for the millions of visitors it receives each year.
The Council plays an important strategic role in shaping the future communities with our partners, through our influence and our direct investment. This has seen significant investment in Old Trafford and Stretford, with the council being a key partner and investor in bringing forward an exciting new university.
University Academy 92, (UA92) is a game-changing initiative to establish a new model of Higher Education institution which brings together the best of academia, business, media and sport. UA92 is the brainchild of former Manchester United legends headed up by Gary Neville and the Class of 92, and is a unique partnership between Trafford Council, Lancaster University, Bruntwood and Microsoft, along with the Class of 92. UA92 will open to the first cohort of students in September 2019 and ultimately bring an investment of £170m into Old Trafford/Stretford and create more than 600 new jobs. This will be the catalyst for the regeneration of Stretford and Old Trafford and will reshape the Civic Quarter adjacent to Trafford Town Hall and Lancashire cricket ground.
Recent investment in the four town centres has provided great opportunities for new retailers and leisure operators as well as office based businesses and property developers. The town centres are great places not only to invest and work but also to live and enjoy, offering high quality housing, schools, parks and open spaces to provide for all our residents’ recreational needs.
We are investing commercially to help to secure new sources of revenue streams that will make us more sustainable and less at risk of central funding cuts in future so as to protect vital services that are valued and needed by our residents.
Our environment is also important to us; we are one of the greenest boroughs in the UK with 10 green flag parks and are the only local authority based in the North of England to be in the top 10 nationally for recycling. This supports delivery of our sustainability agenda, while also keeping the council tax down.