|Tourism Bosses Back Pier Quarter Plans
Pier Plan: How the area around Trencherfield Mill at Wigan Pier will look.
Wigan’s tourism industry has given its official endorsement to the plans to redevelop the borough’s most famous area.
Members of Wigan Tourism Forum have given their backing to the proposed plans for the Wigan Pier Quarter — saying it will be an asset the town can be proud of.
Forum chairman and owner of the Holland Hall Hotel Ron Jones, said:
“The plans for the Wigan Pier Quarter are fantastic. The improvements will breathe new life into the area and give the borough a cultural quarter on a par with many major towns and cities.”
Plans to turn Wigan Pier from a heritage centre to a cultural quarter include the building of a new hotel, performance centre with specialised retail outlets, a public house or restaurant and residential zones. The Trencherfield Mill steam engine will remain open to the public.
Mr Jones added:
“From a tourism point of view, visitors will still be attracted to the Wigan Pier product, but there will be much more on site to offer them.
“We believe that this will put us in a stronger position in the very fierce day visitor market.”
Welcoming the backing of the tourism industry Wigan Council’s Cabinet Member for Culture Cllr Brian Baldwin said:
“We are delighted that the plans have met with such a favourable response and that many people have realised that this is the way forward for the Pier and the borough.”
Cllr Baldwin added:
“This development coincides with a very exciting time for the borough’s tourism industry.
“Other exciting developments such as Leigh Sports Village and the Grand Arcade are beginning to take shape and I think the future for culture in our borough is looking brighter than ever.”
Tourism continues to grow in the borough, the number of visitors rose by three per cent in 2003 to 10.9 million.
Work on the Wigan Pier Quarter is due to start after Easter and will be undertaken by Salford–based developer Nutall Construction.