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Wharf plan defended by council
6:00am Wednesday 23rd October 2013 in News
LEIGH Town Council has defended money set aside for improving an important part of Old Leigh.
John Wren, town councillor representing Highlands ward, raised a question at a council meeting over the budget of £74,000 to regenerate Strand Wharf.
He asked: “That vanity projects such as Strand Wharf should be either cancelled, and or vastly scaled down.
"Given the £74,000 set aside for this project, these funds could be better used by Leigh Town Council?”
The project has been described as an aspiration of the council for around 15 years.
The wharf houses the heritage centre and is a working wharf for fishing boats.
It is proposed to spend the £73,238 on making the wharf one level, to resurface it and improve seating and lighting.
Carole Mulroney, who is on the working party for the project, said: “It has been an aspiration for many years. Over the years we have been putting money awayeachyear so when the time comes to do the project we have some money in the bank.
“We are very hopeful we have a cost effective scheme. It is a great idea and should go forward.
"It is an ugly area at present and we want to improve that and encourage more people to use it.
"We need to do things to enhance the town and we need aspirations for the future.”
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