An empty building which housed a hairdressers could be set to be turned into a new fish and chip shop.

The building on the corner of Park Road and Bolton Road in Westhoughton has been empty since Peter Jon Hair closed in 2020, having occupied the site for the previous 37 years.

But the area’s representatives say they believe work is now underway to revive the building as a fish and chip shop.

Cllr David Wilkinson, of Westhoughton South, said: “It is another new business which is opening in what had been an empty property which is good news to see properties filled and used.

“It’s a sign that business owners feel that there are opportunities to open businesses with several opening in recent weeks in the town centre and that it’s a place they can do business.”

The building could be set to be used as a new fish and chip shopThe building could be set to be used as a new fish and chip shop (Image: Public)

The building has already been used as a business premises and so is unlikely to need planning permission from Bolton Council to go-ahead.

If it proceeds the new fish and chip shop will be one of many new businesses to come to a fast growing Westhoughton in recent months and years.

In January this year new bar It Sear opened on Market Street, with cocktail bar Loft 24 opening on the same road just a month later.

The previous November, the Victoria pub also held its grand reopening, also on Market Street, while further openings are expected in the months ahead.

Cllr Wilkinson said: “The conversion of the former Lloyds bank into individual units will bring even more businesses into the town.

“We think that the town needs more investment in the town centre from Bolton Council to support the efforts of local businesses.

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“At recent meeting of Westhoughton Town Council this was an issue which was raised, that we do need some financial support from Bolton to keep this momentum moving.

“In particular the car park on Mill Street which is currently closed and it should be used to support the town centre businesses.

“The proposal of Bolton Council to convert Westhoughton Town Hall into a business hub will add to the demand for car parking.

“The Mill Street car park is directly facing this new business.”