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Skating into the future following park revamp

From left, council leader, councillors Alistair Bradley, coun Bev Murray, coun Paul Walmsley and Chorley MP Lindsay Hoyle at Rangletts Recreation Grounds at the launch of the plans.

From left, council leader, councillors Alistair Bradley, coun Bev Murray, coun Paul Walmsley and Chorley MP Lindsay Hoyle at Rangletts Recreation Grounds at the launch of the plans.

Get your skates on and tell us what you’d like.

That’s the call to a community in Chorley following plans for major improvements to a park.

At the beginning of July, Chorley Council announced plans for a new scheme for Rangletts, a popular recreation ground off Duke Street.

It will include a new multi-use games area, extended play facilities, allotment space, improvements to the footpaths and lighting - and a new skate and BMX park.

Now the council is asking local people to help them create the skate and BMX area by having their say on what they would like including in the design.

Anyone who might use the skate and BMX park, or who has children that may potentially use it, is being asked to help shape the design and fill in a questionnaire on Chorley Council’s website at chorley.gov.uk/consultation

Councillor Bev Murray, who oversees parks and open spaces at the council, said: “When we first consulted on what facilities local people would like to see at Rangletts, there was a strong call for something for older children, which is why we are developing a skate and BMX park in this area of the borough.

“We want to make sure that this skate and BMX area has the best ramps possible and is well-used by local children, so now is the time to influence what should be included.

“If you have children who would potentially use the skate and BMX area at Rangletts, please speak to them, find out what they want and fill in the questionnaire on our website.

“It is really simple to do and won’t take that long.

“Once we have everyone’s feedback, we will speak to a number of design companies and ask them to come up with some proposals. The skate and BMX park is just one part of the overall Rangletts Recreation Ground improvement project but we want to make sure we get each element right.”

Work is expected to begin in the next few months and will be done in phases to ensure that there is minimal disruption to the park. The £45,000 project is being funded as part of contributions from nearby Eccleston Park and Duke Street housing developments with a public consultation held with local residents to consider their opinions and ideas of how to improve the space.

 

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