Pagefield Mill closure order extended
A closure order which makes it a criminal offence to trespass onto Pagefield Mill in Wigan will be in place until the end of the year.
The three-month order initially put in place in June was granted an extension by Wigan Magistrates Court.
It will now remain in place until December, with trespassers found within the perimeter of the site potentially facing an unlimited fine and/or imprisonment.
Wigan Council worked alongside several partners as part of the Place and Community Safety Partnership to obtain an extension to the order following repeat reports of anti-social behaviour.
Councillor Kevin Anderson, portfolio holder for Police, Crime and Civil Contingencies, said: “Wigan Council is continuing to work closely with our partners to secure this site for the safety of our residents.
“I am pleased to see this extension be granted and I hope that by making it a criminal offence to trespass onto the site, it will highlight the seriousness of this behaviour, as well as the dangers posed by this site which is in a serious state of disrepair.”
Pagefield Mill is a privately owned listed building and forms part of the borough’s impressive heritage assets but has fallen into a state of disrepair.
The closure order granted in June is the third to be put in place at Pagefield Mill. A previous order was granted in June 2021 and was in place for six months.
Coun Anderson added: “In the past closure orders have proven to significantly reduce the number of people trespassing on the site and the number of calls to the emergency services.
“This allows our emergency responders from Greater Manchester Police and Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service to concentrate their efforts and makes the best use of their resources in the area.”
Posted on Monday 10th October 2022