Neighbourhood Forum a ‘turning point’ for Leigh town centre regeneration

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photo of a street in Leigh

A NEIGHBOURHOOD forum has been formally approved for Leigh town centre, which will form as part of the plans for its proposed regeneration.

Formally designated by Wigan Council on Tuesday, May 3, the Leigh Central Forum will give decision-making powers back to the local community to see what they want to see invested in the town centre.

Alongside the council’s Strategic Framework and £20m Levelling Up bid, the forum is designed to get the community involved in the town’s sustainable development project.

The Neighbourhood Forum project is only the second of its kind to be approved across Greater Manchester, with Altrincham successfully using its Forum and funding to attract more people, businesses, 

Chairman of Leigh Central Forum, Trevor Barton MBE, said: “This marks a turning point for Leigh’s future and this is the start of something big for our community. The Neighbourhood Plan will renew businesses’ confidence and will help to fill the vacant buildings.

“There is a real opportunity to see our town thrive as much as those who can remember what it was like back in its heyday.

“This is our opportunity to put in place planning policies that will drive regeneration in Leigh and help to deliver an ambitious vision for Leigh to be the best it could possibly be!”.