Empty pubs up for sale at auction

Mather Mill is up for auction
Mather Mill is up for auction

SOME of Wigan’s long-standing vacant buildings may get a makeover when they are sold at an auction later this month.

A series of vacant properties are to go on sale at an auction by Pugh and Co at Manchester United Football Club, in Old Trafford, on February 24.

And unsurprisingly, several empty pubs feature in the lots which are up for sale.

Among the empty properties for sale are the Hare and Hounds pub, Bolton Road, Aspull, which is expected to raise more than £110,000 and The Curry House pub in Warrington Road, Ince, which has a starting price of £50,000 and a town centre investment at the corner of Market Street and Lever Street in Wigan, which aims to bring in around £150,000.

One of the most iconic buildings up for sale is Mather House, in Mather Lane, Leigh - a grade II listed former mill, dating from around 1882, which is expected to sell for £395,000 and would be ripe for redevelopment.

Elsewhere in Leigh, the old White Lion pub, in Leigh Road, is being auctioned, with a guide price of £95,000; Elizabeth House, an office investment in Bold Street, could make £350,000; two shop premises - one in Leigh Road and another in Railway Road - are given a starting price of £60,000 and £40,000 respectively.

The sale of these vacant buildings could provide a boost to the borough’s economy if it brings them back to life.

David Molyneux, deputy council leader and champion for economic regeneration, said they hoped that all the buildings would be sold.

He added: “It would be brilliant if these buildings were sold and brought back to use.

“It would be good for the economy of the individual areas and for the borough in general as well as the landscape around the empty buildings.

“There is a chance the buildings could be demolished, but that is a chance we have to take.

“If they are redeveloped into businesses that bring something back to the borough, we will certainly welcome it.

“People have to sell properties for the economy to move around. Hopefully it will bring something back in to Wigan and Leigh.”