Vacant buildings sold at auction

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SOME of Wigan’s vacant buildings have been sold in a bid to improve the borough’s economy.

Last week, eight buildings in Wigan and Leigh went up for auction.

Among those sold included the former nursery building at Shevington Junior and Infants School, in Miles Lane, which brought in £126,000 – £86,000 more than its original asking price.

Other properties sold at the auction in Manchester were the Hare and Hounds pub, Bolton Road, Aspull, which was bought for £127,000; The Curry House pub in Warrington Road, Ince, for £50,000; and a town centre investment at the corner of Market Street and Lever Street in Wigan, which sold for £190,000 – £40,000 more than the asking price.

In Leigh, a retail building in Leigh Road sold for £48,000 – £2,000 less than the guide price, and The White Lion pub, in Leigh Road, was sold privately before the auction. But two properties, Elizabeth House, an office investment in Bold Street, and another retail unit in Railway Road, failed to sell,

Mather House, in Mather Lane, Leigh, a grade II listed former mill, dating from around 1882, which was expected to sell for £395,000 was withdrawn at the last minute, but is still up for sale.

Coun David Molyneux, deputy council leader and cabinet champion for economic regeneration, said: “Considering the state of the economy today, it is good news.”