New parking and lighting planned for park scheme

More work is planned for Astley Park. Picture by Pauline Tarpey
More work is planned for Astley Park. Picture by Pauline Tarpey

More improvement work is planned for a popular park.

Chorley Council has already made a host of changes to Astley Park in the past 18 months.

“We have a number of projects currently in progress as part of our Astley 2020 five-year plan which we hope to be able to get on with this next year.”

Coun Bev Murray

They include the addition of a destination play area,new exhibition space at Astley Farmhouse and lighting of the memorial arch.

Work continues, with projects including a green stage and glasshouse in the Walled Garden and proposed event car parking on West Way.

Last night, members of the council’s executive cabinet heard about new plans for the Astley 2020 scheme.

The council is looking at footpath lighting, events infrastructure, tennis court improvements and changes to Hallgate car park.

An extra £350,000 will be needed for the work, which will be considered when the council sets its budget next year.

But Coun Mark Perks, who represents Astley and Buckshaw, is concerned about the car parking plans and fears they will not alleviate problems in Astley Village.

Coun Bev Murray, who oversees Astley Park for the council, said: “We have a number of projects currently in progress as part of our Astley 2020 five-year plan which we hope to be able to get on with this next year.

“Some of these, such as the infrastructure work and the footpath lighting, mean that we could improve the events we already hold and enable us to perhaps host others.

“I appreciate when we do hold big events in the park that there are issues with car parking, but we are seeking to address these, firstly by reconfiguring Hallgate car park, which would increase the number of parking spaces permanently, plus we are still looking at all the options available for event parking such as at West Way and Ackhurst.”