Traders’ joy at town centre street success

Chorley Town Centre traders are happy at the new Market Street opening and parking arrangements

Chorley Town Centre traders are happy at the new Market Street opening and parking arrangements

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The main street in Chorley has been brought back to life by a redevelopment scheme.

Traders say they have seen a major boost to business since Market Street was reopened to traffic in November.

The street now has 26 new car parking spaces for visitors to use for free for 30 minutes.

Feedback from traders on the street has been extremely positive.

They say they have noticed a dramatic increase in footfall.

Coun Peter Wilson, deputy leader of Chorley Council, said: “Re-opening Market Street was one of the first things that this administration wanted to do when coming into power after it was suggested by the traders and local people and I am delighted that the initial feedback has been so positive.”

The gates are now open 24 hours a day to allow permanent access to traffic.

Michael Reardon, owner of the Bragg handbag shop, said: “The re-opening of Market Street has made the town centre much more vibrant.

“It feels re-vitalised, like we’ve got our town centre back again.”

The street has been opened on a 12 month trial basis.

Other feedback from traders has included takings doubling in the first week, visitors finding it easier to collect items and there are generally more people in the street.

Bernadette Owen, owner of Northcoates hair, said: “I have always pushed for the street to be opened to traffic and now that it has it feels like Chorley’s vibe is back.”

Lorna Donnelly, manageress of Eastham’s Secret Garden said:“Unsurprisingly footfall has increased and this is reflected in our sales.

“Visitors now find it much easier to collect gifts as they can park just outside.

If you have an opinion on the re-opening of Market Street, tweet @chorleycouncil, send a Facebook message to Chorley Council or call 01257 515151.

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