Atherton Town Hall is now open to residents in Wigan Borough.
After £1m investment from Wigan Council, the town hall has undergone a full transformation to bring a whole range of local services under one roof.
The opening of the building was delayed after an incident at the old Atherton library building where two members of staff and a contractor were stabbed at the end of October.
Cllr Nazia Rehman, cabinet member for resources, finance and transformation, said: “We are extremely thankful that our staff and our contractor colleague are out of hospital and are recovering from this terrible incident. We are continuing to support all staff who were involved or witnessed the attack.”
In the refurbished Atherton Town Hall building, which opened last week, residents will be able to access library, customer and digital services in a one-stop-shop. It is the new home for Atherton library and includes a dedicated space for a children’s library.
Alongside the library, there will be a Life Centre service where residents can speak with a Customer Services Advisor for assistance with Benefits, Council Tax, Housing and Welfare Support needs.
The Welfare Rights Team will have a surgery every Tuesday 9am-11am.
For residents wanting to improve their IT skills or for help to get online there is a ‘Be Online’ session every Wednesday from 10:30am-12noon. Customer Services staff can also provide digital support.
The building will also include a dementia-friendly tea room, called Memories tea room, which is being ran by a community group and will offer a full range of refreshments and afternoon tea to residents.
There will be community rooms for local groups and organisations to utilise for meetings.
Cllr Rehman continued: “Atherton Town Hall is an improved offer for the community and will mean residents can easily access a whole range of local services under one roof. It is a great investment for the area.
“Creating this hub shows our commitment to work with the community to deliver the services that are needed by residents and their families.
“I would really encourage local residents to visit Atherton Town Hall and discover the new services on offer.”
The council would also like to invite groups that are interested in taking over the running of the old Atherton library building to an event to find out more.
This is an opportunity to find out about a community asset transfer and details of the building’s condition.
Anyone interested in attending the event on 3rd December between 10am and 3pm can register their attendance by emailing [email protected]
or contacting 01942 486909.