Work starts on clearing eyesore

Chair of Chorley Traders Alliance, Malcolm Allen outside the old McDonalds on Market Street
Chair of Chorley Traders Alliance, Malcolm Allen outside the old McDonalds on Market Street

Work has started on clearing an eyesore in Chorley town centre.

The delapidated land behind the former McDonald’s site on Market Street is now being cleared.

It will pave the way for a new temporary 70-space short stay car park and the refurbishment of the shops that used to host McDonald’s, Oxfam and a tanning salon at the junction with Gillibrand Street.

The work is being undertaken by Chorley Council, who say they want to boost the number of shoppers using that end of town.

Coun Alistair Bradley, leader of Chorley Council, said: “This particular part of the town centre is one of the worst eyesores and we wanted to take action to get it cleaned up as soon as we could when we’d got permission from the landowner.

“Once we’ve got rid of all the rubbish and removed the overgrown shrubbery we’ll be creating a temporary car park and tidying up the retail units to see if it helps boost the number of people visiting that end of town.

“It fits in with our aim of listening to what local people say but also just getting on with doing things, particularly to help the local economy and improve the environment.

“We’re going to be making a number of changes and improvements for local people in the immediate future and there will be a long term plan as we commit to making a real change to people’s lives.”