An update has been provided on the redevelopment of Spindles Shopping Centre, with details and timings as work starts to get underway.

Oldham Council has confirmed that works, including some demolition works, are set to start in the coming weeks.

The reshuffle of some units has already begun, with some shops moving to different locations in the centre and others leaving for good.

Hoardings are being planned to go up in June around where the former TJ Hughes store was based in Parliament Square.

The demolition works are then expected to start following the Festival Oldham celebrations for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.

Hoardings have already been set up around vacant units on the first floor of the shopping centre, which are set to become office spaces for local businesses and Oldham Council services.

The other plans include Tommyfield Market being relocated to TJ Hughes' former site and the demolished section will make way for an extension of the shopping centre into Parliament Square.

Also included is the creation of a new entrance to the relocated split-level market with a food court connecting to Parliament Square and a dedicated retail market linking to the shopping mall.

A new events space is also set to be created for private and public functions.

Cllr Amanda Chadderton, leader elect at Oldham Council, said: "We’re really happy to be kicking off the centre’s transformation and I’m sure residents will also welcome this news."

Spindles and its car park will be open throughout the redevelopment and disruption will look to be held to a minimum.

As the shopping centre prepares for the works, some of the existing shops have started to relocate within Spindles are close permanently.

Waterstones, which has been based on the first floor since 2006, is preparing to move into its new location on the ground floor.

Elsewhere, Costa will have a new two-storey store fronting High Street when it moves into the space formerly occupied by Topman, Asiana Clinic has already moved to where Thornton's store was based and H&T Pawnbrokers will take over the former Ernest Jones unit.

Cllr Chadderton and Mike Flanagan, centre manager, both stated their appreciation for the businesses' loyalty.

Some businesses, however, are leaving for good, with Supercuts closing for the final time on May 7 and Blue Inc announcing its plans to close down.