Car parks work starts next week

Fleet Street car park
Fleet Street car park
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Three of Chorley’s major town centre car parks are to undergo work to revamp and renew their surfaces.

Starting next week, the Chorley Council owned and managed car parks, will have to be closed to allow the work to take place.

However, it will be staggered to ensure that only one car park is affected at a time.

Fleet Street car park will be the first to be improved.

It will be closed from Monday for around seven weeks, affecting the short stay and temporary free car park.

Jamie Carson, the council’s director of People and Places, said: “As the car parks are the first impression visitors have on the town centre when they arrive, it is important they are kept maintained and looking tidy.

“After listening to the views of people in the community such as residents and traders, we have decided that it is necessary to improve the uneven surfaces and worn tarmac of these car parks in order to ensure that they are safe and pleasant to use for many years to come.”

The car park behind the newly refurbished former McDonalds site, which has temporarily been used as a free car park, will join together with the Fleet Street short stay car park, creating a large parking area working on a pay and display tariff.

Mr Carson added: “Although the temporarily free parking spaces will now be charged for, we will be creating additional ‘free for thirty minutes’ parking bays along Gillibrand Street which will work in a similar way to the new parking bays along Market Street.

“Whilst the work on Fleet Street short stay car park is taking place, visitors will still be able to use the ample car parking spaces on the Fleet Street long stay car park which is located on the opposite side of the road.”

Work to the car parks, which coincides with the wider improvement work in the town centre, is expected to take around 20 weeks with completion in mid-September.

“It also includes resurfacing of the Flat Iron and Portland Street town centre car parks.

Up-to-date information on when each car park will be closed is available from or by calling the council on 01257 515151.