"It is absolutely awful and needs cleaning up."
Amir Khan’s £11.5 million wedding venue has a rumoured March 2024 opening but piles of rubbish continue to surround it, destroying its luxury feel.
Broken fridges, sofas and dirty mattresses have been dumped by fly-tippers against the perimeter of the lavish venue.
Household rubbish also covers the streets leading up to the building.
Pieces of rendering are already missing from the walls encasing the building, along with the damaged brickwork at the venue’s entrance.
Named The Balmayna, the building features glass walls, a waterfall and palm trees inside.
However, it is still surrounded by a building site and nestled near two car washes. This is despite the website promising a “royalty experience” and “a touch of magnificence and excellence in every celebration”.
Amir Khan has been planning the wedding venue since 2013.
Building work has been ongoing since 2019 but numerous delays have prevented it from opening sooner.
The venue is already taking bookings despite it appearing largely unfinished.
There has been a mixed response from locals, with one saying:
“The venue is walled off, but all around it is full of fly-tipping.
“It is absolutely awful and needs cleaning up. It is disgusting. There are black bin bags with rubbish spilling out of them as well as old matrasses and everything else, including broken furniture.
“It really is not great.”
Another said: “I can see what he is trying to do and the market he is trying to appeal to but I don’t think it works.
“For the amount of money he has spent, it is the wrong area of town.
“It needs to be on a large plot of land, away from other buildings.
“You can’t criticise him for trying but maybe just the venue.”
Councillor Jack Khan, who represents the Rumworth ward for Labour on Bolton Council, said the council was aware of the fly-tipping.
He said: “I have raised it with the council and I have done quite a lot of reporting about the situation.
“We are in the process of getting it shifted. We have raised the issue.
“People need a bit more education. Fly-tipping is a crime and it is a serious crime in the area.”
“We are trying to get signs and notices up saying fly-tipping is a crime and we want to highlight it.
“There is going to be more patrols out there and anyone who fly-tips faces a fine. The council is aware of the situation and we are going to investigate.”
After announcing that the venue is taking bookings, The Balmayna’s Instagram page wrote:
“With immense joy, the wait is nearly over! We will soon unveil the grand opening of @thebalmayna, Bolton’s newest wedding haven.
“A splendid project between Excellency Midlands and Amir Khan, where elegance seamlessly meets excellence.”