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Mill future in the spotlight

Leigh Spinners Mill

Leigh Spinners Mill

RESIDENTS are being asked once again to have their say on the future of one of the borough’s most historic industrial landmarks.

The charity battling to save Leigh Spinners Mill is holding its second community engagement event on the future of the iconic 19th-century building later this month.

Leigh Building Preservation Trust (LBPT) is trying to preserve the grade II listed mill, which is currently home to synthetic turf and floor coverings maker Leigh Spinners, and regenerate it with a variety of plans for community sport and arts facilities as well as shops.

The charity is acting as the mill faces an uncertain future if repairs are not carried out on the fabric of the buildings, and will hold its second consultation later this month.

LBPT chairman Trevor Barton said: “We’ve listened to the thoughts and the suggestions of the many people who attended the successful first consultation event.

“Building on these we now want to showcase our proposals and share the progress we’ve made.

“We need the people of Leigh and its surrounding areas to show there’s a real appetite for this project.

“This will add weight to our funding applications, but just as importantly, it will give the people who attend a voice.

“We want them to feel this mill represents their aspirations and houses the facilities they want.”

The consultation event in the Manchester Road school’s upper school assembly hall will give people the chance to look at display boards outlining the restoration changes, learn about the different designs and funding bids being considered, and offer feedback on what facilities they would like to see.

Leigh Spinners Mill is an important part of the borough’s industrial heritage and houses the largest steam engine of its type in the country.

Plans for the regeneration will also include the restoration of the historic wheel house.

A second consultation event on the future of the mill takes place at Bedford High School, Manchester Road, Leigh, on Thursday June 26 from 6pm until 8pm.

To find out more about the proposals, visit www.leighspinnersmill.co.uk or visit the Friends of Leigh Spinners Facebook page.

 

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