Council calls on public to suggest names for new public square in Stretford

Well... this should be fun.

Emily Sergeant Emily Sergeant - 6th May 2024

The Greater Manchester public is being called on to help name a brand-new public square in the heart of Stretford.

Could we have another ‘Boaty McBoatface’ on our hands? As far as public naming competitions go, the comical suggestion for the name of a new RMS ship back in 2016 – which was then given to a fleet of autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs) instead – will probably always lead the way as the most well-known entrant.

But now, it’s Greater Manchester‘s turn to give it a go and get creative with their naming suggestions, as Trafford Council inviting the local community to name a brand-new public square that’s set to open in the heart of Stretford next year.

Connecting the newly restored King Street and Pinnington Lane, Trafford Council says the new public square will play “a key part in the transformation of the area” and be a “focal point” for the area – with lots of greenery, seating areas, and spaces to “meet, rest and play” and host events too.

Residents are being encouraged to “put their imprint on the Square” by putting forward their suggestions for its name.


All the entries will be condensed into a shortlist and the public will then vote on their favourite.

With the naming competition fully underway, Trafford residents now have the opportunity to talk to the Stretford town centre team, get creative, and post entries into the voting box that’ll be in place in Stretford Mall up until Sunday 19 May, as well as submit their ideas via the Stretford town centre website.


To come up with their names suggestions, the Council wants residents to take inspiration from these three themes:

  • 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.

After submissions are closed, the Stretford town centre forum will then decide on three entries that “best represent the area” and have made best use of the inspiration topics to go to the public vote for the final decision.

A town centre polling station will be open for residents to cast their votes in person, or they can do so online via both a Google form or a range of social media polls.


The public vote will officially close on Sunday 16 June, and the unveiling ceremony will take place at The StretFest on Saturday 6 July, where the winner and name of the new public square will be announced.

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Fancy shooting a suggestion then? Find out more on the Stretford Town Centre website here.

Featured Image – STC / Bruntwood