Performance venue will be fantastic

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WIGAN’S long-awaited theatre dream is going to be bigger, bolder and better.

Music lovers and theatre-goers will soon have the opportunity to watch live performances, we can reveal, at a performance venue of even greater size and scale than originally envisaged.

Leaders from Today’s Community Church on Pottery Road opposite the Pier have been working closely with council chiefs to secure land needed to expand its existing venue into a 1,000-seat auditorium.

The enlarged venue is now set to host a range of activities and events, as well as corporate meetings and conferences, while continuing to operate as a church. Developments will see construction work to the church’s current building and expansion onto nearby land to create a performance space.

The plans support the council’s strategy to improve the borough’s economic and social opportunities by offering a variety of leisure and cultural activities available to everyone across the community.

Tachel Belfield, a spokeswoman for Today’s Community Church, said that the church was continually “actively looking for ways” in which it can serve the community better.

She said: “One of the things we noticed was that the borough didn’t have a venue where people can enjoy music and shows.

“Our solution to this was to create a proposal which contained plans to expand the church so it can be used to host local activities and events.

“We are looking forward to seeing these plans become a reality.”

Deputy council leader David Molyneux said that the local authority was “always looking” to show what an “attractive and lively” place the borough is.

He said: “To have a venue in the heart of Wigan where the local community can watch performers and shows will be a fantastic addition to the borough.

“It will also encourage people to head to Wigan and boost the local economy.”

Coun Chris Ready, cabinet member for Leisure, said that he was “very pleased” the council and the church are set to work together to develop its facilities.

He said: “It is important we can hold activities and events in the borough which the local community can attend and enjoy, and the plans to use the church as a secure performance venue will have a huge number of benefits for everyone.”