|Former Co-op to be a Top Spot
The renovation of Hindley town centre continues apace.
Following on from the new pavements and lighting, and the restoration of a number of poor quality shops on Market Street, work has begun transforming another vacant building.
The prominent former Co-op Building, which in recent years has been the Top Spot snooker club, is having a makeover thanks to the Heritage Lottery Fund and the council’s environmental services department.
Local businessman Dieter Binder and his son Kai are turning the building into a quality restaurant on the ground floor with flats above. The work involves replacing the existing shop front with a new glazed frontage to open up the premises, replacing the upstairs windows with traditional sliding sash type consistent with the original building and substantial repairs to the roof. Dieter expects the restaurant to be open by Christmas.
The council’s champion for regeneration, Cllr David Molyneux, says: “The former Co-op is a very significant building on Market Street, and this restoration will not only enhance the appearance of a building that has fallen into a state of disrepair, but will also have a positive effect on the streetscape in this part of town.”
The council is working with the Hindley Townscape Heritage Initiative Partnership Group which includes local residents, businesses and councillors to bring long term regeneration to the town. Funding for the improvements has come from:
- Wigan Council
- North West Development Agency Coalfield Communities Regeneration Programme
- Neighbourhood Renewal Fund
- Heritage Lottery Fund Townscape Heritage Initiative.
Cllr Molyneux adds: “We’re working hard on behalf of the community to improve this important site. This project should also provide a boost for the local economy by bringing a building back into use and creating employment.”