Dispute over scheme

Morgan's Nite Spot on High Street, Atherton.
Morgan's Nite Spot on High Street, Atherton.
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THE redevelopment of an Atherton nightclub is being delayed by a long-running legal wrangle.

Councillors approved sending in the bulldozers to flatten Morgan’s in the town centre as far back as autumn 2010.

But the housing scheme that was to follow has been frozen because of a dispute over the level of cash compensation the builders must pay for loss of the former bowling green immediately behind it.

Now owner Lawrence Morgan has been given a further six months to reach agreement.

Wigan Council’s development committee heard he is offering a £4,000 settlement under the Section 106 agreement scheme.

After talks with Wigan Leisure and Culture Trust, it is being suggested that this be spent on improving the existing bowling green adjacent to Hesketh Fletcher High School. A contribution will also be made towards off-site public open space and play facilities.

But the scheme itself divided the community.

Most neighbours claimed that bulldozing Morgan’s and the adjoining derelict crown green bowling green would be a blessing and end hooliganism by drunken revellers.

But a minority of others feared that building more homes on the site would cause traffic congestion and over-looking problems.

Planning councillors agreed outline development permission over 18 months ago.