Popular Wigan beauty spot Pennington Flash is getting a £2.4 million ‘makeover’

Work is due to start in March, with the project scheduled to be complete by the end of summer.

Emily Sergeant Emily Sergeant - 31st January 2022

Wigan Council has confirmed that a £2.4 million makeover to one of the borough’s most popular beauty spots is set to get underway.

According to the major plans for Pennington Flash Nature Reserve in Leigh, some of the new facilities that visitors will soon get to make the most of include a new café, which will offer a full view of the site’s large lake – known as the ‘flash’ – and an outdoor decking area.

There is also set to be a new toilet block and a visitor information centre.

Car parking facilities will also be improved with resurfacing, electric vehicle charging points, better lighting, and a new overflow car park.

Work will also begin on upgrading the footpaths around the car park, and putting eco-friendly features into the current buildings.

Pennington Flash is getting a £2.4 million ‘makeover’ / Credit: Wikimedia Commons

Future plans for the site include a new natural play area.

Speaking ahead of the start of the makeover, Councillor Keith Cunliffe – Deputy Leader at Wigan Council – explained: “We know how popular Pennington Flash is with our residents and we’re delighted to see the plans taking shape.


“This year is a big one for Leigh with the Euros and the Rugby League World Cup, and this project will provide top-class facilities to help more people enjoy the great green spaces our borough has to offer.”

He added: “These plans will help address some of the priority areas highlighted by residents during the Believe in Leigh survey and Big Listening Project.

“[It will] provide great facilities for all our residents to enjoy.”


Work is due to start in March, with the project scheduled to be complete by the end of summer.

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