New charges for car park - it’s for electric vehicles

Update: Deputy leader Coun Peter Wilson at the newly resurfaced Flat Iron car park

Update: Deputy leader Coun Peter Wilson at the newly resurfaced Flat Iron car park

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Chorley’s main car park is powering ahead into the future.

The town centre Flat Iron has been given two new electric vehicle charging points.

It is among improvements carried out by Chorley Council as part of an initiative to resurface three of the major car parks in the town centre.

Work on the Flat Iron has been completed. Improvements have now started on the Portland Street car park.

Councillor Peter Wilson, deputy leader of the council, said: “We understand that first impressions mean everything and as the car parks are the first point of contact visitors have of our town, it is important that they are kept up to scratch.

“We are also keeping the town up-to-date with the installation of the electric vehicle charging points providing an additional service to visitors who drive electric cars as well as helping to improve the environment and lower emissions.

“It’s fantastic that these improvements have been completed in time for the Christmas rush and as the Flat Iron car park is right on the doorstep of Market Walk shopping mall, it’s the perfect place to park whilst doing your Christmas shopping or attending our Christmas events.”

The Flat Iron is the biggest of the town centre car parks.

The whole area has been resurfaced to fix pot holes, improve its look and provide smoother driving.

Walkways have also been improved, providing easier access to and from the car park. And, after taking into account feedback from residents, five additional parent and child bays have been marked out.

The car park has 371 spaces including 19 disabled and now seven parent and child spots. A drop off and collection point has been introduced by Iceland and the electric charging points will be up and running in a couple of weeks.

Resurfacing of Portland Street car park, and a new drainage system, is due to be completed by mid-November. The car park is closed until then.