RESIDENTS are encouraged to continue with the consultations with the council to preserve and improve our historic areas for future generations.

As part of their Historic Environment Strategy, Wigan Council have committed to undertaking a review of the 23 conservation areas across the borough, which includes Leigh Town Centre and Railway Road, as well as Leigh Bridge, Bridgewater Canal and Pennington Flash.

The reviews will update and improve the council's Conservation Area Appraisals and Management Plans, which looks to conserve and enhance the most historically significant areas in the borough for the benefit of present and future generations.

The appraisals and management plans are prepared with consultations with the public, and ensure the special qualities of these areas are protected. They guidelines are to be used by the Council, homeowners, business owners and developers to help them understand their historic areas, know how best to protect them and manage change.

With a focus on Leigh town centre and Railway Road - areas described as having "special character" - residents have been asked have their say on the appraisals to protect and improve them.

Drop-in sessions have already taken place at Leigh Town Hall, while an online meeting takes place tonight (December 1) from 6-7pm. An online survey is also available until Wednesday, December 22.

Councillor Terry Halliwell, lead cabinet member for heritage and building conservation, said: “Conservation Areas are protected for their special character and appearance which is beneficial to preserve for the benefit of current and future generations. This means extra care is taken when designing, planning, and building in these locations. As part of these appraisals we are proposing some changes to the boundaries of the conservation areas, so it is important that people have the opportunity to understand why and comment on the proposals.”

“We are keen to help people understand and play an active role in protecting their historic environment and through consultations like this we hope to be able to preserve our heritage for the future.”

The Microsoft Teams presentation and online meeting will take place from 6pm tonight.

To register your interest email Richard MacDonald at with your name and email address. You will then receive the link to join the online meeting.