Could ex-pub be turned into nursery?

Brooklands Childcare Ltd on Wigan Road in Bryn
Brooklands Childcare Ltd on Wigan Road in Bryn

A FORMER pub which has become an eyesore could be turned into a children’s nursery if plans get the green light.

Ivan Rawlins, who owns the Brooklands House centre in Wigan Road, Ashton, has submitted an application to Wigan Council to build another day nursery and office at the site of the now demolished Golden Ball Hotel further down the same street.

The plans include a car park, outdoor play areas and access into the site.

It is thought that the existing nursery will remain at its current location and this will be an additional centre.

Consultation ended at the beginning of the week and the plan is now pending consideration.

No-one was available for comment, although a spokesman for the nursery said no decisions had been made and plans were in their very early stages. But the news has come as a welcome boost to ward councillors in Bryn.

Coun Gary Wilkes said: “Coun Don Hodgkinson and I are fully supportive of this scheme.

“It would really tidy up the area, which is currently very messy.

“Brooklands House has been very successful in our ward, employing local people and giving opportunities to otherwise deprived children by offering places for them.

“We welcome any improvement and we are pleased that the area is getting investment from a private developer.

“I am sure the residents nearby are also pleased as they would no longer be looking at the eyesore of a run down pub which has been knocked down.

“This is a positive step forward.”

For details of the plan, visit Wigan Council’s website and search for planning application A/14/79836.