Empty buildings sold

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SOME of Leigh’s vacant buildings have been sold in a bid to improve the borough’s economy.

Last week, eight buildings in the borough went up for auction, organised by Pugh and Co.

Among those sold included a retail building in Leigh Road sold for £48,000 – £2,000 less than the guide price, and The White Lion pub, in Leigh Road, was sold privately before the auction.

But two properties, Elizabeth House, an office investment in Bold Street, and another retail unit in Railway Road failed to sell,

Mather House, in Mather Lane, Leigh, a grade II listed former mill, dating from around 1882, which was expected to sell for £395,000 was withdrawn at the last minute, but is still up for sale,

Coun David Molyneux, deputy council leader and cabinet champion for economic regeneration, said: “Considering the state of the economy today, it is good news when we see any kind of movement.

“Although I would like to have seen the others bought and brought into use, there is some success in it.

“I am pleased to see that some of the properties have been sold and hopefully they will be brought back into use for the benefit of everybody in Wigan and Leigh.”