Trafford covers 40 square miles of Greater Manchester, an is an area where industry, commerce, towns, villages and the bordering open countryside of Cheshire have all combined to create an area which is dynamic, vital, alive, and with a flavour all of its own.
Altrincham Market and Sale Water Park
Part of its success is due to Trafford Park Industrial Estate which was early to cash in on the new trade and manufacturing possibilities brought about by the building of the Manchester Ship Canal. Since 1987, the Trafford Park Development Corporation, set up by the government, has invested in a �660 million regeneration programme, with help from the private sector, which has transformed the area.
Many well known companies whose names are household words have factories and offices in Trafford Park. North West Electricity Board (NORWEB) has recently moved its staff into a new headquarters building there. The Kellogg Company of Great Britain has expended �80 million to extend and re-equip its Trafford Park cereals factory. The Communications and Computer Centre of “The Force”, probably the most modern in Britain, was opened by Her Majesty the Queen in Trafford Park in 1986.
The Brooke Bond Tea Company has its main production centre in Trafford Park, after it began life as a small shop in central Manchester. So committed is the Park authority to increasing and attracting new industry to the region that it has set up the Trafford Business Venture Organisation, to help and advise prospective new businesses and help them get off the ground. It also runs courses on behalf of the Manchester Training and Enterprise Council. Trafford has also spent a great deal of energy and resources in creating new housing within the borough, and measured by any standard, it now has some of the best living conditions in the north of England.
It has a unique transportation infrastructure which makes it one of the most accessible boroughs in Greater Manchester. It has 2 major canals, the Bridgewater Canal and the Manchester Ship Canal, and the city’s fast transit tram-train system “Metrolink” runs through the borough to its terminus at Altrincham. Intercity mainline trains also pass through Altrincham on their way to Manchester Piccadilly Station and Chester.
The A56 main road and the former M63 (now the M60 Orbital) Motorway runs through the centre of the borough, connecting it directly to Manchester Airport , to the benefit of tourists and industrial exporters alike. The airport is only 15 minutes away by road, and the authority is one of the Metropolitan Boroughs on the Airport’s Management Board.
Local amenities include the following Public Parks and Gardens : 7 in Altrincham, 4 in Bowdon-Hale, 7 in Stretford, 6 in Urmston, and 8 in Sale. Their are 14 public libraries, 2 golf courses, 7 sports and leisure centres, and 3 athletic stadia within the borough.
The council also provides numerous other facilities including bowling greens, football and rugby pitches and tennis courts.