We have to admit that Wigan has its share of grot spots as well as its beautiful parks, breath-taking countryside and fine architecture.
In this round-up of borough eyesores we highlight 15 of the worst and longest-running examples, although you will read that there is hope that at least some of them will have been struck from this shaming roll call next time round.
It speaks volumes about the changing face of the hospitality industry that so many of these places are derelict pubs, clubs and restaurants.
5. Stork Hotel site
Something like two decades have elapsed since the Stork Hotel on Kitt Green Road, Marsh Green, was knocked down, and all that has remained ever since has been this ugly piece of scrubland which isn't even any use for a kick-about. But plans have now been submitted for homes to be built on it Photo: CG
6. Former Monsoon restaurant, Poolstock
What used to be the Monsoon Indian restaurant in Poolstock many moons ago, sadly, has no immediate prospects of rejuvenation or demolition. It has appeared on lists of Wigan's worst eyesores for longer than many can remember. Workers have recently been smartening up the towpath around it, but they can only do so much with this carbuncle alongside it Photo: Michelle Adamson
7. Former Shanghai Palace, Poolstock
Only a stone's throw away from the ex-Monsoon is another monstrosity: the fomer Shanghai Palace Chinese restaurant (for those with longer memories The Beer Engine). Planning permission for 27 houses was granted four years ago but nothing happened within the three-year limit. However, there are suggestions that a revised plan might be in the offing Photo: Photographer Michelle Adamson
8. Former Rockleigh Hotel, Ashton-in-Makerfield.
As dilapidated buildings go, the Rockleigh Hotel on Bolton Road, Ashton, is right down there with the worst. But permission to demolish it has been granted by Wigan Council and Jigsaw Homes is hoping for the green light to build affordable accommodation there Photo: Michelle Adamson