Council in pledge to struggling nightlife

Bliss and Groove nightclub in King Street
Bliss and Groove nightclub in King Street
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WIGAN Council has pledged to support the town’s night-time economy after a King Street nightclub became the latest venue to shut.

The local authority says the borough’s pubs, clubs and bars are vital to the economy and is trying to ensure as many people as possible choose Wigan for their night out.

The pledge comes after Bliss nightclub, which also held the Groove events, shut down, with the owners saying the high business rates made the venue unviable.

The closure follows the closure of other venues including the legendary Wigan Pier nightclub and Chicago Rock on King Street, although the bar is now due to reopen.

Wigan Council economic development manager, Keith Molloy, said: “The night-time economy is a large employer in the town centre. Through the town centre management board, we maintain an ongoing dialogue with the bar owners and traders.

“We actively support a range of initiatives led by the traders in this area, such as Pub Watch and Best Bar None, which promote quality and safety, encouraging more people to come and enjoy the venues.

“The hospitality sector nationally is feeling the bite of the recession and this is also true locally.”