Work finally begins on town eyesore sight

Councillor Peter Wilson outside the former McDonald's site which is undergoing refurbishment.
Councillor Peter Wilson outside the former McDonald's site which is undergoing refurbishment.

A long-standing town centre eyesore is about to disappear .

Work has started on the former McDonald’s site that has blighted Market Street for the last decade.

Chorley Council bought the site in November – including the land behind which was cleared and resurfaced to create a free car park.

A £363,000 refurbishment of the old shops has begun to transform the site into quality retail units for rent.

The work is expected to be completed by the end of March.

Coun Peter Wilson, who oversees the town centre for Chorley Council, said: “It’s been a blot on the landscape for far too long and has given a bad impression at this southern end of Market Street, but as we didn’t own it, our hands were tied.

“Now finally we can get something done and we’re confident that once finished it will attract new retailers to complement the traders we already have in the town

centre.”

The work will see the end unit at the junction with Gillibrand Street demolished with the area paved and a small kiosk unit being built for lease.

The rest of the site will be refurbished with the unit next door leased as a single unit and the former McDonald’s café split into two retail units.

A service yard will also be created at the back. Work is also due to start on the car park, and the neighbouring Fleet Street car park, in the new year.

Coun Wilson added: “We’ve already had a lot of interest from potential retailers in this site once it’s complete.”

Any businesses interested in taking a unit can conatact the council on 01257 515151. Flexible lease terms and other incentives, such as shop floor refurbishment grants and mini shop front improvement grants are available.