NEW developments are taking shape in the famous Wigan Pier Quarter.
The creation of a new community garden on the site of the Pier nightclub is now well under way with noticeable changes visible to those passing by.
And activity will also start this week on turning vacant land at Trencherfield Mill into a new car park.
Last year a decade-long masterplan to develop the area around the world famous tourist attraction was agreed between the council, the Canal and River Trust and developer H20 Urban.
It will transform the land around the historic Leeds and Liverpool Canal basin close to the town centre and include construction of a major performance venue, new canal moorings plus new homes and shops.
Part of the master plan was the redevelopment of the car park at Trencherfield Mill which has been in an unkempt state for a number of years. This will now be re-surfaced and marked out to accommodate 66 spaces, six short stay spaces and five disabled. Extensive work has also been carried out in making the wall in front of the mill safe and secure.
Once the car park is complete the landscape surrounding it will be enhanced thanks to funding from local Douglas ward councillors Mike and Shirley Dewhurst who donated £2,000 of their Brighter Borough purse.
Coun Shirley Dewhurst said: “Mike and I decided to contribute part of our Brighter Borough funding towards the landscaping around the car park so that it will soften the look around this site. This area 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 be a communal area for people to enjoy relaxing and will include flower beds, trees and terraced seating down to the canal.
Contractors are now on site and 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.”