The Greater Manchester town getting a £11.4m overhaul
Leigh is set to get a new market hall and a completely rejuvenated high street. Improvements are planned across the historic heart of Leigh town centre in Wigan, creating flexible and active spaces to promote cultural and community events and better connections across the town.
Plans also include work on Leigh Civic Square and the regeneration of high street shop fronts on the main high street (Bradshawgate) in addition to the Leigh Market overhaul.
Developments submitted by Wigan Council would see the town’s Civic Square spruced up with walkways, nature trails and social hubs. It comes after Leigh was handed a £11.4 million share of the Levelling Up Fund will help boost several improvements across the historic heart of the town centre.
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Currently there is no timescale for when works will begin on the regeneration project.
This news comes on top of another cash injection for Leigh last month where £20m was promised over a 10-year period to help regenerate high streets and tackle anti-social behaviour. That announcement formed part of Town Deal funding - a separate pot of money.
James Grundy, Leigh MP, said: “While I am delighted to hear that the Government have awarded £11,389,554 of the Levelling Up Fund to Leigh, I am disappointed that a third round of bidding has not gone ahead to allow the case to be made to resubmit an updated bid for the full £20 million available.
“I welcome, however, that the fund has been successful this year and that should the council confirm that the proposals in the bid are still deliverable,