Five pubs to go under the hammer

Belle Vue, Beech Hill
Belle Vue, Beech Hill

A HANDFUL of Wigan pubs are to go under the hammer with locals hoping they are given a new lease of life.

Five alehouses are up for sale at Pugh Auctions, in Manchester on September 11.

Two of these – Belle Vue, in Woodhouse Lane, Beech Hill, and The Crown, in Bentinck Street, Goose Green – are to be sold on behalf of administrators, with starting prices of £95,000 and £80,000 respectively. Both are still trading.

Castle on t’hill, in Castle Hill Road, Hindley, whose owner has gone into liquidation, will be auctioned off at a guide price of £70,000. The pub is still open, with the current tenant holding the lease.

Red Lion, in Ladies Lane, Hindley, is to be sold as a going concern also, starting at £140,000.

The former Park Lane social club, in Downall Green Road, in Bryn, which includes a licence, will be up for grabs, from £100,000.

Its future could be in debate, as Wigan Council’s planning department has already confirmed in principle a decision following a pre-application discussion for change of use to create three houses.

Brian Gleave, spokesman for Wigan CAMRA (Campaign for Real Ale) said: “It is a sign of the times that many pubs are struggling and therefore closing, which is a real shame. There is always a chance that they could get converted into housing, which is a huge worry, as while they are still pubs, they can sell real ale and thrive once again. Once the pubs are made into houses, that is the end of it.

“I know quite a bit of money was spent on Castle on t‘hill and it looks really smart, so I hope it gets a good owner and can continue.”

Other properties listed for auction include a former cafe in Railway Road, Leigh, with a guide price of £30,00; land off David Street, Ashton, at £20,000 and also at Wilton Avenue in New Springs, for £25,000.

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