Ashton Town Hall has been withdrawn from public auction thanks to a last minute deal.
Wigan Council has agreed to sell the site and building to Eric Wright Health and Care who has been working with the Wigan Borough Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG).
It is hoped that this sale will now enable the company to develop new and improved health accommodation in Ashton and Bryn.
The Leader of Wigan Council, Lord Peter Smith, said: “We are very pleased to announce we are withdrawing Ashton Town Hall from public auction following a number of bids from interested parties. We listened to the concerns of residents at a recent have your say session as part of The Deal in action and told them finding a site for a health centre remained high on our agenda. We have always shared the ambition of residents to have this site developed for health use and we are delighted this will now progress.”
Julie Southworth, Director of Quality and Safety at NHS Wigan Borough CCG, said: “We have been working hard with all our partners to resolve the issues around the location of the new health centre in Ashton. A new health centre means better and more modern facilities for the patients, so we are delighted that this opportunity to develop Ashton Town Hall in to the new health centre has been agreed.”
Sir Ian McCartney, Chair of Healthwatch Wigan, has said: “It’s a dream come true. Ten years of fighting for better health services in Ashton Town Centre and time and again plan getting dropped. For myself this project was unfinished business. Healthwatch Wigan is happy to work with the council and the NHS to ensure a comprehensive set of services for the people of Ashton. They have waited long enough.”
Christine Winstanley, Director of Eric Wright Health and Care, said: “We are pleased to have been able to secure the Town Hall site for a new health facility in Ashton. We have worked with our partners across Ashton, Leigh and Wigan for a number of years through our public private partnership and are really excited at the prospect of working with our local stakeholders to develop this new facility in the heart of Ashton.”