Town to benefit from masterplan proposals

Councillors Terry Brown, Kim Snape and County Councillor Steve Holgate
Councillors Terry Brown, Kim Snape and County Councillor Steve Holgate

More than £1.3m is being ploughed into Chorley to help repair the town’s highways.

Details of the Highways and Transport Masterplan show that more than £140,000 will be invested in re-surfacing the Hartwood Hall roundabout towards Clayton Green Road.

The repairs are part of the first phase in the Highways and Transport Masterplan which will see £23m shared bewtween several districts..

The Hartwood Hall re-surfacing is the most expensive in the masterplan for Chorley.

Other projects in the borough, will see repairs to traffic lights, footpaths and a new cycle path between the Gillibrand Estate and Ennerdale Road.

Chorley West County Councillor, Steve Holgate, said: “This is great news for Chorley.

“We are seeing a real and badly needed investment in the improvements to our roads and footpaths over the next year which I know for many residents in Chorley is a key priority.

“We have secured a badly needed package of road and footpath resurfacing, improvements to street lighting and even a new cycle path and, what’s more, we’re only just getting started.”

Last year more than £1.5m was invested into repairs of Chorley roads.

And despite county wide cuts, LCC have pledged to spend the same amount on the town.

Phil Barrett, director of Lancashire County Council highway services, said: “Last year around £1.57m was spent in Chorley from the county council’s capital programme.

“So far, we have committed around £1.3m of spending in Chorley and are currently planning the budget for other infrastructure.

“We will be carrying out additional work, including replacing traffic lights, repairing footways and putting in place new schemes to improve safety, which will increase the overall investment in Chorley to around the same as last year.”

County Coun John Fillis, cabinet member for highways and transport at the authority, said “At a time when we are seeing unprecedented Government cuts made to our budget and local economy in Lancashire, it is more important than ever to ensure we are working to improve the lives of ordinary people in our county and the communities in which they live.”