Mystery surrounds future of Wigan Pier regeneration

Wigan Pier
Wigan Pier

What will become of Wigan Pier in the months to come remains a mystery as the people appointed to breathe new life into its once famous tourist attractions remain tight-lipped.

In March the council announced that within a year three of its key buildings will be brought back to life after years of neglect.

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Months later and a public keen to know what developer Step Places will be doing with the former education centre, Orwell and The Way We Were museum, are being asked to be patient.

Pictures taken recently shows there is much work to do. Even the little coal tipping jetty which earned the area its jokey nickname from George Formby Snr is looking worse for wear as its support joists rot away.

Becca Heron, council director for economy and skills, said: “We are hugely excited about the regeneration of Wigan Pier and are looking forward to seeing the plans progress.

“The regeneration of the buildings is a wide-ranging and complex scheme which requires a lot of behind the scenes preparatory work.

“The council team is meeting and supporting the Step Places team and both parties are looking forward to updating the public with the next stage in the process soon.”

Step Places MD Harry Dhaliwal said: “We are pulling together an exciting offer for the Pier complex and have made good progress in understanding the potential uses for the development and how they will complement one another which is key in ensuring a sustainable future for this iconic site.”