Town centre revamp plan delayed ... again

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Work on the multi-million pound revamp of Wigan town centre is unlikely to start until after the summer, the town hall has revealed.

Architects have been appointed for the Market Place project which has already been delayed pending the outcome of a financial review.

Town hall officers have pledged to consult with business owners throughout the process with concerns the works could bring disruption to the town centre during the busy summer period.

Instead, with the timetable now pushed back beyond the summer, officers have said the construction will be fitted around major events later in the year such as the Wigan 10k in September.

As part of the £1.3m revamp Market Place’s walls and benches will be removed and replaced with a water feature, an open seating area and trees. The area will also be resurfaced to make it easier for the council to stage large public events.

An exact date for the work to start has not been released.

Mike Worden, assistant director for planning and transport at Wigan Council, told the Evening Post: “The detailed designs for the Market Place refurbishment are currently being worked up following some initial discussions and information gathering with town centre businesses and interested parties.

“These are to be considered by the council and then subject to full consultation with businesses and local people over the summer.”

Wigan Council unveiled the redevelopment plans in 2014 but the works were delayed last year as council bosses conducted a review of spending policy. The project received another green light late, which some have criticised for focusing on the town centre, last year. Leigh is included with £900,000 investment earmarked for improvements.