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For past few weeks residents have been wondering what is happening at the former Commercial pub on Church Street with scaffolding around building and work being carried out.

It appears that the building will become a shop, possibly a mini-supermarket.

The retail outlet does not need planning permission because under planning regulations, which were changed a few years ago, former pubs can be quickly converted.

Westhoughton councillor David Wilkinson said: “We will have to wait and see what kind of store opens here, but hopefully it will prove to be very useful for nearby residents.

“It is good to see the empty pub building brought back into use.”

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