Sell-off won’t be end of club

Platt Bridge Labour Club
Platt Bridge Labour Club

A WIGAN club has put itself onto the property market in a bid to survive.

Platt Bridge Labour Club members hope to sell its large site off Platt Street to pay off debts and still have enough cash for new-build smaller premises on Liverpool Road.

And the man driving the deal to save his beloved club premises – retired former Makerfield MP Sir Ian McCartney – said today that fellow members need not fear the for sale signs hoisted over the premises at the weekend.

It’s believed that a number of house-building companies have already expressed an interest in the large footprint for new properties.

However club officials will meet with town hall planners at the end of the week to discuss all the development options open as they start work on a development brief.

Adopted Wiganer Sir Ian, a Glaswegian, joined the club “within hours” of arriving in Wigan in the early 1980s to take on a job with the late Labour MP Roger Stott. He has been a supportive member ever since.

And said today it was “fundamentally important” to Platt Bridge that the club survives because of the sheer number of external community organisations which use it.

In its heyday the club would welcome hundreds of people to top nights of cabaret and concerts.

But it could still have a strong future operating from “more realistically sized” new premises that won’t have the same maintenance liabilities.

Sir Ian said: “Before we can move forward it is important to establish what the site is worth and how much interest there is redevelopment.

“It needs to be based in a more modern facility to have a future.

“The current club was built for another era and used to get 1,500 on a concerts nights, so you can see it was a extremely popular and could be successful again.”