Ashton-in-Makerfield regeneration plans receive funding boost
A Wigan Council project to regenerate one of the borough’s popular district centres has been given a funding boost.
The #OurFutureAshton plan was one of 16 areas unveiled as part of the government’s Spring Budget announcement on Wednesday.
The Ashton-in-Makerfield project missed out in the latest round for the national Levelling Up Fund but council bosses had pledged to resubmit.
Proposals include improved shop fronts, upgraded streets and public spaces, new walking and cycling routes and a refresh for the town’s market square.
Leader of Wigan Council, Councillor David Molyneux MBE, said: “We were disappointed we were unsuccessful in our LUF bid for this project as we believed the application was strong, exciting and achievable, which prompted our pledge to submit a further bid.
“Although our concerns about the levelling-up agenda remain, we welcome this funding announcement that will help us move forward with our plans.”
The 16 regeneration projects totalling over £200m unveiled by Chancellor Jeremy Hunt were ‘assessed as high quality… that are under £10m to ensure quick delivery’. Wigan Council will receive £6.6m.
Aidan Thatcher, director of growth and economy at Wigan Council, said: “The plans are centred on the heart of the town centre, including the historic market site, Garswood Street and Gerard Street, and celebrate the town’s cultural heritage.
“We have had very positive contributions from stakeholders such as the local business community, residents during the public consultation, and the LUF bid had the support of the MP for Makerfield, Yvonne Fovargue.
“We will look forward to progressing through the action plan now this funding is in place.”
For more information see Ashton Town Centre booklet.
Posted on Thursday 16th March 2023