Save Wigan Login
Local sponsor: (Want to advertise here on Save Wigan? Learn more...)
Friends of Haigh Country Park
 Wigan & Slavery
 When The King Lost His Crown
 Pomp But No Circumstance
 Memories
 Bring In The Bulldozers
 Thomas Linacre Extension
 Selling The Family Jewels
 Old Town Hall
 Save The Galleries
 Pride & Identity
 Getting My Head Around It
 Books Books Books!
 Rylands Mill Gem
 Wigan Rectory Landmark
 Haigh Viaduct Trail
 Mesnes Field
 Eckersley Mill Relations
 
 

Save Wigan Contributions

Save The Galleries

Save The Galleries

Well, thanks in some part to the bright and shiny Grand Arcade, Wigan’s other great shopping precinct is now looking a little bit....er...tired. That’s a shame. The Galleries never really quite endeared themselves to Wiganers. The birth was a little traumatic coming as it did just one year short of the Market Hall’s centenary and it also opened in the right in the middle of a recession. Not surprising then that there were few fanfares and trumpets. After this stuttering start, The Galleries never really got going for reasons that must be difficult to truly fathom. It sat right in the middle of town, yards from the bus station and a short walk from the train station. Those of us with our own cars could park on the roof and have even less to walk.
 
Early on, I’d marked out the Galleries as THE place that I was going to charm the opposite sex. With a high footfall, there must be SOME chance of me getting lucky. With my best teenage ‘baggy’ I would hang around, just waiting for that stunning blonde to come along and question where I’d been all her life. I’d spend ages overlooking the escalators that took people down to Index, hoping (praying) that my Venus was on her way back up after picking up some screw-it-together-yourself black Ash video tape holder.

A misspent youth – it never happened. Venus never came my way. 

In part, I blame myself for this, but on reflection, maybe it was the Galleries themselves. Just why did Venus not want to shop there? Clearly it’s not just me that feels a little jilted since the downstairs part of The Galleries now looks more empty than a Chilean mine. Why does no-one want to go there? This is more of a debate for the town planners, but in the absence of any answers or solutions, perhaps it’s time for the Council to take a stand.   There seems to be a bit of a trend for the Health and Social services to be provided all over town. That’s not convenient. Surely a one stop shop would be better, with the public facing services all brought together in one convenient location?   Times are tough and it’s hard to see big business taking over the downstairs lots – they’re all at Robin Park or the Grand Arcade.   Empty units make it harder and harder for the small guys to stay alive, let alone prosper. It’s a vicious circle and one that we must stop.  
 
The Galleries will never be to everyone’s taste, but for the sake of the old Market Hall, we must not let them spiral into decline. If it was proper and just that the old Market Hall fell for The Galleries to be built in its shadow, then the Galleries should be a worthy successor to it. Right now, it’s hard to see this being the case and I have a sense of foreboding that if things continue, the plug will be pulled.   What a waste it would all have been. So, join my campaign to maintain and preserve what we have left and with a bit of look, Venus might just be tempted back. I’m still hopeful and still available.
 
Miles Gladson

Posted by Andrew Lomax on 22nd October 2010 at 11:11
Do you know what's interesting?

I haven't met anybody in my unofficial census regarding the old market hall, demolished to make way for the above, who wanted away with it.

Small concerns like vermin and stuff yes, could have been dealt with easily. It seems to have hurt people alot not having the hall and more importantly it seems the square.


Leave a comment?

Please note that comments do not appear straight away.

Abusive language, racism and advertising is not allowed.

Your IP number (54.82.79.109) will be logged.

  Smilies:
Happy, smile = [:)] Sad = [:(]
Very happy or laugh = [:D] Shocked! = [:O]
Embarrassed (blush) = [:l] Angry = [:(!]
Tongue, cheeky = [:P] Kisses = [:X]
Wink = [;)] Disapprove = [V]
Hurt = [B)] Confused = [?]
Your name  
 
Comments
 
Verification code *      


or

Click here to go back
* Enter the 5 digit code to the right of the input box. Don't worry if you make a mistake, you will get another chance. Your comments won't be lost.

Save Wigan

Contact Us  |  Terms & Conditions  |  Privacy Policy  |  Site Map

© Copyright 2017 Save Wigan (www.savewigan.co.uk)
The Ancient and Loyal Borough of Wigan

Ancient and Loyal