Workmen move on to Wigan Road site

Building work has begun on an empty patch of land, Wigan Road, Standish

Building work has begun on an empty patch of land, Wigan Road, Standish

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BUILDING is now under way on an eyesore that has been untouched for a number of years.

The Wigan Road site, in Standish, has been empty for about six years after the house that was previously there was demolished by developers.

But after the property market crashed plans ground to a halt and the land has been boarded up ever since.

But last week the site sprung to life and work stared to install an access road on the land.

The Wigan Road land is just yards away from the controversial plot that used to house two beautiful Victorian villas, known as Minerva.

But outrage was sparked when the homes were bulldozed despite them being within a Conservation Area, which was implemented to try and retain the distinctive character that the old Victorian homes gave the road.

The original home was demolished before the Conservation status was given to the sought after road.

And although it is not known exactly what the future of the site is it is believed that the Sale-based architect, Howard and Seddon, has made plans for apartments to be built.

It is thought that a sales office will open in two weeks time when the layout for the land will become clear.

Former councillor Gareth Fairhurst who has spoken about the demolition of houses on Wigan Road, has welcomed the new build.

He said: “It is great to see work start on this site as it has been boarded up for many years.

“Wigan Road has always been a sought after place to live in the borough so it is good to see more homes being created rather than the site being left to be an eyesore.”

l Gareth Fairhurst is standing in the Standish ward in the May elections for the Standish Independent Party, alongside Michael Winstanley for the Conservatives and Sam Murphy for Labour.