Protecting our heritage

Trafalgar Road, Swinley
Trafalgar Road, Swinley

A CONSERVATION Area nurturing some of Wigan’s most famous buildings is being extended.

And councillors have also recommended commissioning a new report that will assess whether Trafalgar Road in Swinley should also be protected from unsympathetic development.

They have also confirmed two extensions to the existing Dicconson Conservation Area which was designated in 1985.

Corporate Director Places Gillian Bishop said that although relatively modest in size at just eight hectares, the existing Dicconson Conservation Area contained many important and noble buildings in the north of Wigan Town Centre and the main steets of Standishgate, Dicconson Street and Upper Dicconson Street,

Many have played a significant role in the growth and development of the area and the principle buidings, such as sceheduled ancient monument Mab’s Cross, ranging from the 15 to 20th centuries.

The Whitesmith’s Arms – now Casa Carlos tapas bar – on the corner of Standishgate and Northway is one of the oldest prioperties in Wigan town centre dating from around 1600.

Under the extension plans, the northern boundary, which currently ends where Standishgate, becomes Wigan Lane at Mab’s Cross School, will encorporate Wigan Lane, Clifton Street, Scarisbriock Street, Charles Street, Earl Street, Eccleston Street, Upper Dicconson Street and Wrightington Street.

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