Published: 28th May 2020

Community groups looking to take over a former Wigan Borough library building have been given more time to submit formal plans to secure its future. The Atherton Centre has been advertised by Wigan Council as being available for a community asset transfer (CAT) since the start of last year. Four requests for an extension have been granted in that time but the deadline passed earlier this month. In light of the coronavirus crisis, the disposal of the building would not take place straight away and so lead members have listened to local ward members and have decided to offer a further four weeks. Cllr Nazia Rehman, cabinet member for finance, resources and transformation, said: ‘The building needs significant investment to bring it back into viable use and it won’t be an easy task. ‘We have worked with the community for a long time to explore the options of a CAT. … (To read the full article, subscribe below)