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Thursday 2nd June, 2011

One of Wigan’s most historic areas has come under the spotlight following an in-depth new report.

The Dicconson Conservation Area, first designated in 1982, is being reviewed by Wigan Council. Officers have produced a detailed report into the area’s architectural and history and they want to hear the views of locals and the wider community.

As well as outlining the history and the development of the area, the appraisal also examines the quality of the historic environment and street scene. The document also proposes extending the conservation area to cover part of Swinley which has very close historical ties with the Dicconson Conservation Area.

The report also promotes the possible creation of a new Conservation Area referred to as The Trafalgar Road Conservation area.

Planners say the review will provide the basis of proposals to protect the best of the past whilst providing for the needs of today.

Cllr David Molyneux, cabinet regeneration champion, said: “Whilst we continue to invest in modern improvements to our infrastructure, we’re also carrying out a borough-wide review of conservation areas. I hope that anyone interested in local heritage will take a look at this fascinating document, and I would encourage people to give us their comments.”

Copies of the report are being circulated to local residents living within the conservation area. A copy of the appraisal is available on request or can be viewed on the conservation areas section of the council’s website: www.wigan.gov.uk - type Dicconson into the search box. A comments form is also available there.

If you want to see the plans in details, or talk to an officer, consultation sessions are being held in St Peter’s Church Hall on Shaw Street on 10th June. Planners will be on site from 10am-1pm and again from 6pm-8pm.

Comments should reach the council by 30th June.

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