Football's coming...to the borough
In 2021, Wigan Borough will host not one but two top class sporting events at Leigh Sports Village (LSV). Yesterday I had the privilege of announcing that LSV will host three of the UEFA Womens’ Championship matches in July 2021. Then in October we’ll be hosting the Rugby League World Cup.
It’s an honour to provide a venue for such prestigious events but being a host doesn't start and end at the stadium, for us it's about building a legacy for our residents.
At the last tournament held in the Netherlands in 2017, host cities saw an average of £2m economic business. We will work hard to ensure we make the most out of this opportunity for both residents and businesses during and after these events.
Securing events like this is crucial for the economic future of our town centres and local business with visitors bringing much needed spend to the borough. Our annual Pride event is a great example of not only how the council promotes equality and diversity in the borough, but also attracts people to the town. Despite the weather thousands of people turned out to show their support and celebrate. I’d like to thank all those who worked hard to arrange and host the event.
We’re currently in the process of planning more events for the borough including a weekend of celebrations next May to mark the 75th anniversary of VE Day. Recognising the contribution of our armed forces community is a key priority for us.
More events coming to the borough include the Tour of Britain which will pass through the borough on Saturday 14th September. To mark the occasion, we’ll be holding a big event at Haigh Woodland Park with lots of cycling related activities on offer for the whole family.
The success of Haigh Woodland Park has been phenomenal with the park recognised as one of the region’s most popular tourism destinations. We’ve already invested £3.6 million into the park but we’re now hoping to secure investment from the National Heritage Lottery Fund to deliver phase two of the Haigh masterplan which includes restoring a number of key landmarks.
Last month I updated you on town centre regeneration plans including Wigan Pier. I’m pleased to say that since then the council’s planning committee has approved plans to transform Wigan’s most iconic landmark into a vibrant cultural destination. The collaborative plans we have for Wigan Pier will completely rejuvenate the area and will connect the Pier Quarter to the town centre much more seamlessly. This is a key ambition outlined in our Strategic Regeneration Framework and is something we’re excited to watch come to fruition.
We are confident that that local people, visitors and those with an interest in the Pier buildings will welcome this formal decision and will also enjoy seeing this 18th Century site be brought back into modern use. Plans include a wedding venue, gin-distillery, micro-brewery, food hall and waterside town houses. Work is already underway.
I also said I’d update you on the Galleries too and I’m pleased to say that we’ll be consulting residents very soon about some of the proposals we have lined up.
I’d like to thank our greenspaces team and residents for helping us to secure Green Flag Awards for Mesnes Park, Alexandra Park, Jubilee Park and Pennington Hall Park. The award recognises the highest possible standards in parks. A big well done to our environment directorate and volunteers for winning ‘Gold’ for our ‘Waste Not Garden’ at Southport Flower Show last week.
Finally I’d like to congratulate all those who received their A-Level results this month and good luck to our GCSE pupils who will be learning their results this Thursday.
Councillor David Molyneux,
Leader of Wigan Council
Posted on Tuesday 20th August 2019