AMBITIOUS plans to rejuvenate the area around the iconic Wigan Pier nightclub have been unveiled by council bosses.
The club will finally be bulldozed this week, freeing up space for the creation of new leisure and entertainment facilities in the town centre.
Deputy council leader David Molyneux said the 10-year scheme would eventually see the area transformed to include the building of a major new performance venue.
“The regeneration of the Wigan Pier area is an important priority for the council and the local community and we have been working hard behind the scenes to make things happen,” he said.
Work started on the Pier nightclub’s demolition 10 months ago but several problems delayed the project’s competition until this week.
The area including the canal and mills around Pottery Road will be known as the Wigan Pier Quarter once completed.
Initial plans for the scheme include:
The building of a 1,200 seat performance venue at the Today’s Community Church;
New canal-side housing and leisure development;
New retail development;
Improvements to the canal towpath throughout the area.
Work will also see the creation of new moorings in the canal basin creating overnight mooring facilities to improve loading and access facilities for local leisure boat operator Kittywake so they can expand their business.
Other plans include the creation of a community garden in place of the Pier nightclub and a new public car park on scrap land at Trencherfield Mill.
There are also plans to bring the building that formerly housed the tourist attraction The Way We Were back into use.
Coun Molyneux said: “We have been in discussion with developers and landowners about a number of key sites and where possible, such as at Trencherfield Mill and with the former nightclub, we are taking action ourselves to bring about improvements and tackle some of the worst problems.
“Securing a partner is an important step in creating a new future for Wigan Pier and I’m pleased we’re going to announce who it is very soon and reveal more details on how we plan to reshape this iconic part of Wigan.”