Sport village dream for town is over

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Plans for an exciting new Chorley Sports Village have been scrapped.

Sports organisations throughout the town have turned their backs on the proposed scheme.

The project would also find funding hard to come by.

Sports and leisure bosses in Chorley were left with little alternative other than to ditch the ambitious plans.

Chorley Council’s executive cabinet, which meets on Thursday, will be told there is “no prospect” of a sports village, as originally envisaged, happening.

Councillors came to their conclusions after carrying out a review of a 2007 Sports Village Feasibility Study.

The council commissioned Strategic Leisure to carry out the study – funded by the former North West Development Agency – for the development of a Chorley Sports Village, which would bring significant leisure facilities such as a stadium, athletics track, indoors sports hall, plus health and education facilities, into the same

location.

Leigh Sports Village is a typical example.

Key recommendations, though, were that it could not move on because of a lack of funding and strategy, despite there being “momentum” behind the scheme.

But local sports clubs and organisations now appear to have put an end to the project because they do not want to pool their facilities.

Coun Bev Murray, who oversees sports facilities at Chorley Council, said: “The feasibility study for the sports village was carried out six years ago so we thought it was worth re-visiting to see if there was an appetite to take this idea forward.

“Having reviewed the information and been in touch with sports clubs, it seems it’s not really something they want.

“They’d much rather improve their own sites and just work together with other sports clubs.

“This means though, we can have lots of really good sports clubs and facilities across the borough and we have seen the recent benefits of that with the Euxton skate park and the plans to develop Chorley RUFC.

“It was worth taking another look at this because although there won’t be one main sports village, we will see clubs improve their own facilities on a more manageable basis.”