A touch of Hollywood

An artist impression of how the sign will look
An artist impression of how the sign will look
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Folk asked for their views as council proposes amazing eyecatcher

Huge 45-foot letters spelling out “Choose Chorley” - in the style of the famous “Hollywood” sign - are set to appear on the Rivington landscape.

The sensational move is being considered by Chorley Council as part of its new inward investment campaign.

And it follows the success of lighting up Rivington Pike to help promote the town - an exciting initiative which got lots of people talking.

Council leader, Alistair Bradley said: “We think it would be spectacular to see Choose Chorley emblazoned along the Rivington skyline but we want to know what people think before going ahead.

“It would be an amazing sight to see and will make sure everyone knows exactly where Chorley is.”

Councillor Bradley, added: “Lighting the Pike went really well and got a lot of people talking about Chorley, which is what we set out to do.

“We want that to continue but on even bigger scale to persuade even more people to Choose Chorley for business and what better way to do that than to replicate one of the most famous signs in the world.

The council’s goal of putting Chorley on the map coincides with the launch of the authority’s new inward investment campaign, “Choose Chorley” that is aimed at creating new jobs and attracting businesses to the borough.

The council has launched a new website choosechorley.co.uk and a new grants package for businesses looking to move to Chorley.

The borough is already home to internationally-recognised brands such as Parcelforce, Kimberley-Clark and Synexus and the aim is to bring even more big names to Chorley.

“Grabbing everyone’s attention with initiatives such as this is just the start of our Choose Chorley campaign,” said Councillor Bradley.

“Chorley has some of the biggest names in the industry already here and that’s because we have a really good offer – we’ve got brilliant transport links, we’re a city gateway for Manchester and more importantly we want people to invest here.

“The most important part of this campaign will be the work we do in working with businesses to encourage them to move here and we’re excited about our future prospects.”

The council has produced an image of how the sign could look and is asking people for their comments before going ahead with the bold move.

To tell Chorley Council what you think about installing a “Choose Chorley” sign on the Rivington landscape tweet @ChorleyCouncil or message the authority on Facebook at facebook.com/chorleycouncil using #choosechorley