The former Wigan Pier nightclub building is to be demolished to make way for a major redevelopment of the surrounding area. The site is seen by many as one of Wigan's biggest eyesores and has stood empty for more than 12 months. Wigan Council bought the building in March 2013.
Demolition work will start on Monday 6 January. Plans to transform the area around Wigan Pier are currently being considered by the council.
The nightclub site will initially be restored as a community garden but wider proposals include landscaping the land around the pier and making use of the canal basin as a marina for overnight mooring. Plans will be finalised in the coming months.
This is one of the biggest eyesores in our town and sadly it is in one of the most high-profile places. The building is about 40 years old and I'm sure there are a lot of people who have happy and slightly hazy memories of good times at the old club. But the building is now in a rotten state. We are currently underusing and underselling the whole Wigan Pier area and want to completely transform it and restore its status as one of the most prominent places in the region. That can only really be done if we get rid of this building. I'm pleased work to achieve this will begin soon.
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