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New cafe and visitor centre for Pennington Flash

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Exciting plans to improve the visitor facilities at Pennington Flash Nature Reserve in Leigh are underway.

The £1.6m makeover includes a new visitor centre and café with internal and external seating areas and a package of improvement works as part of the second phase of the £5m ‘Believe in Leigh’ programme.

Funding has also been earmarked for a woodland play area and improved toilet and parking facilities, following feedback from residents.

Cllr Keith Cunliffe, Leigh East ward member and deputy leader at Wigan Council said: “During the pandemic residents have relied on their local greenspace more than usual, which is why this investment is so important.

“Pennington Flash is a much-loved asset for the people of Leigh and surrounding areas, and I’m delighted that we have secured such a considerable investment to deliver what residents have told us is important to them.  These plans will also help address some of the priority areas highlighted by residents during the Believe in Leigh survey and Big Listening Project, providing great facilities for all our residents to enjoy.”

In 2017, residents were given the opportunity to submit their ideas for improvements in Leigh as part of the Believe in Leigh fund. More than 100 suggestions were submitted with ideas ranging from new play areas to better shopping facilities in the town centre.

The first phase of Believe in Leigh has already seen substantial improvement projects delivered in Leigh town centre, such as better CCTV provision, improved street lighting, street furniture and environmental works.

Cllr Kevin Anderson, Leigh South ward member and cabinet member for Police, Crime and Civil Contingencies at Wigan Council, said: “The new measures introduced during the first phase has had a really positive impact on Leigh town centre and we’re hoping that the second phase will address the other priorities highlighted by residents, helping to make our town a safer and more attractive place for all.”

Cllr Cunliffe added: “By 2022 the works at Pennington Flash will be complete, giving us a fantastic visitor destination in Leigh.”

When will this happen?

The plans for Pennington Flash Nature Reserve will go to Wigan Council’s planning committee in spring. If approved, work will begin late autumn with the visitor centre expected to be complete by spring 2022, followed by the woodland play area in summer 2022.

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