Job hopes are dashed as store pulls out

Peter Franzen, of Golborne Community Forum, at Millingford Industrial Estate, Bridge Street, Golborne

Peter Franzen, of Golborne Community Forum, at Millingford Industrial Estate, Bridge Street, Golborne

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A STRUGGLING Wigan community has been dealt a devastating 11th hour jobs blow.

Supermarket giant Sainsbury’s confirmed today that they are pulling out of a plan to redevelop a crumbling industrial estate site set to employ hundreds of staff and transform the economic fortunes of the centre of Golborne.

Now the civic leader who had been leading the fight to bring the company to the former pit village is calling on a superstore rival - Asda have a 40-year-old site on the edge of the area - to take over the plan, which already has full council approval.

In a letter to Chairman of Golborne Community Forum Peter Franzen, who headed a high profile campaign to support the four year old Sainsbury’s scheme, the company said that its Golborne scheme was “no longer viable” in the current economic climate.

But it would work alongside the townspeople and their leaders to try and secure an alternative use for the site leading to a similar level of jobs and investment for Golborne.

Mr Franzen admitted today that he was “gutted” by the devastating decision which he predicted had been set to transform the fortunes of Golborne.

He said: “It is now a matter of seeing what if anything can be salvaged from a very, very, disappointing situation.

“There is also no doubt that this is a sad reflection on the present state of the economy and the lack of spending power on Golborne because of the massive cuts imposed by this Conservative-led government which Sainsbury’s experts have clearly decided is having such a traumatic financial effect on this area.”

Sainsbury’s had been set to create 400-plus jobs with a 60,000ft sq superstore.

Council chiefs had to controversially change the status of the land from industrial land