Hotel firm still to check out of hall
LEASE WAS TERMINATED BY COUNCIL
A CONTROVERSIAL hotel company which had its lease at Wigan’s Haigh Hall terminated is still occupying the building nearly three weeks after they were supposed to leave.
Contessa Hotels spent £6m turning the historic landmark into a luxury boutique hotel having taken it over in 2016. But after failing to comply with its contract amid numerous complaints from the public, an eviction notice was issued against the firm by Wigan council.
The November 22 deadline has long passed but the council has confirmed Contessa Hotels is still occupying the Grade II listed building.
Talks about the ‘transition’ of Haigh Hall have been ongoing since the supposed end of the contract, though the future of the borough landmark remains uncertain.
A spokesperson for Wigan council said: “Haigh Hall is an asset that we know the people of the borough cherish and we remain committed to securing the best future for the site.”
While private discussions have been held with stakeholders, there is a feeling that the council’s elected members should be able to have a say on Haigh Hall’s direction.
Campaign group Friends of Haigh Hall Heritage and Open Access To All says it will also remain open to any new ideas for the venue.
Cabinet members will consider the future of the hall on January 23, 2020.