THE bulldozers have finally moved in on Wigan Pier’s former nightclub.
Plans to raze the building were revealed back in January with demolition expected to take around a month, but a number of separate issues led to lengthy delays.
However out of sight of viewing public, a complete gutting of the building took place a while ago, as was the removal of the venue’s roof tiles.
The crumbling club is now finally in the process of being brought to the ground to make way for a new public garden.
In its heyday, Wigan Pier Nightspot attracted thousands from in and out of town with its famous dance music, which is known internationally.
But after encountering a number of problems, including complaints from residents in both Swan Meadow Road and occupants of new flats at Trencherfield Mill, the club shut its doors for the final time three years ago.
The site was bought by Wigan Council last year and it now plans to turn the area into a community garden and possibly a marina.
Coun David Molyneux, deputy leader of Wigan Council, said: “It’s great to see the former Wigan Pier nightclub finally being demolished.
“It’s been an eyesore for too long and I know people who live nearby and local businesses will be glad to see the back of it.
“Obviously, the demolition process has taken longer than we hoped.
“That’s because we had to secure the wall that connected to the neighbouring building.
“This became quite involved and we had to make structural changes to ensure the building could be demolished safely and securely.
“We’ve been working very hard behind the scenes on major plans to transform the whole Wigan Pier area, which I believe are genuinely exciting. I hope to make an announcement very soon.”
Once the demolition is complete, 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.
Those proposals are now expected to be finalised within the next few weeks with council bosses eager to bring the area back to life in the new year.