Leigh Means Business CIC to regenerate Leigh Town Centre
The regeneration community interest company has laid out plans to uplift the former mining town, Leigh with a comprehensive package of works aimed to be the catalyst for growth in the town centre.
27th February 2022
The proposals consist of public realm improvements along the main streets, Bradshawgate and Market Street, a revamp of the underutilised public square in front of the town hall and the Turnpike Centre, and an enterprise centre at the heart of the bid.
The package of works is aimed to be for Leigh’s £20million Levelling-Up Fund bid to help to deliver a raft of schemes.
Leigh Means Business is a registered Community Interest Company set up to enable economic growth in Leigh and enable the regeneration of the town centre. Working towards a vibrant, diverse & sustainable future for Leigh. We work in partnership with volunteers, the local authority and the business community to enhance the physical, social and economic environment of Leigh, whilst promoting and preserving the area’s rich heritage and valued ecosystem. Above all, we aim to foster a sense of inclusivity by representing the full breadth of the Leigh community.
A director of Leigh Means Business CIC, Trevor Barton MBE, described the progress made on the town’s regeneration ambitions as ‘momentous’.
“Everyone connected to this project shares a common passion for Leigh and are equally of the view that our town can be a bustling and thriving town again where the residents are genuinely proud of their town centre. We want a centre with a daytime economy where there is a high commercial occupancy rate and a night time one where families have numerous eateries to choose from and where everyone safely enjoys the ambience”
MP James Grundy has given the proposals his full support. “I firmly believe that the regeneration of Leigh town centre should be led by both the local businesses based there and the local residents that work in and use those businesses.
We need to harness the talents of the businesses and residents in our town to restore it to the way it should be, as older residents remember it - successful, and a source of pride.
I look forward to working with LMB CIC and, I hope, Wigan Council, to deliver the regeneration our community so desperately needs.”
A public consultation has begun to allow the public to give their feedback and shall be hosted at Spinning Gate Shopping Centre in Leigh Town Centre from today.
To find out more about Leigh Means Business for the regeneration of the former industrial town of Leigh Here