Masterplan for Pier gets under way

Douglas ward's Couns Shirley Dewhurst, Michael Dewhurst and Maggie Skilling at Trencherfield Mill
Douglas ward's Couns Shirley Dewhurst, Michael Dewhurst and Maggie Skilling at Trencherfield Mill

WORK has started on the creation of a new community garden on the former site of the Wigan Pier nightclub.

And activity will also start this week on turning vacant land at Trencherfield Mill into a new car park.

Last year a 10-year masterplan to develop the area around the world famous Pier was agreed between the council, the Canal and River Trust and developer H20 Urban. The aim is to transform the land around the historic Leeds and Liverpool Canal basin and include construction of a major performance venue, new canal moorings plus new homes and shops.

One element was to spruce up the Trencherfield Mill car park which has been in an unkempt state for several years. It will be re-surfaced and marked to accommodate 66 vehicles. Extensive work has also been carried out in making the wall in front of the mill safe and secure.

Once complete, the surrounding area will be enhanced thanks to funding from local Douglas ward councillors Mike and Shirley Dewhurst who donated £2,000 of their Brighter Borough funding for landscaping to link the car park to the garden.

Coun Dewhurst said: “Mike and I decided to contribute part of our Brighter Borough funding towards the landscaping so that it will soften the look around this site. This is a heritage site in the town so it is important that it is attractive and will also provide a link to the new community garden.”

The garden will include trees and terraced seating down to the canal.

Contractors are now on site and are currently levelling the land. It is expected the garden will be completed later in the year.

Coun David Molyneux, Wigan Council’s cabinet member for regeneration, said: “The regeneration of the Wigan Pier Quarter is a key regeneration project for Wigan. It’s great to see work starting on site and it will be exciting to see the area develop over the coming months.”