‘Danger’ site cleared

Peter Firth at land off Moor Road, Chorley, which has now been cleared
Peter Firth at land off Moor Road, Chorley, which has now been cleared

A former allotment site in Chorley which had been plagued by arson and vandalism has now been cleared.

The land, off Moor Road, was littered with fence panels and rubbish and some neighbours even raised concerns about drug use at the site.

The Guardian raised the issue after being contacted by worried residents and the land, which is owned by housebuilders Persimmon Homes, has now been cleared and fenced off.

Speaking at the time, Peter Firth, who lives on Moor Road, said he could not let his children play outside because of his fears about syringes and dumped rubbish.

He said: “This land is just a grot spot.

“What I am concerned about is I have got two kids aged nine and six and as long as I have lived here, nine years, nothing has been done.”

An arson attack happened at the site on July 27 and wooden cabins were razed to the ground.

Chorley Council said after the attack that it urged Persimmon Homes to tidy up the land and make it secure.

Coun Terry Brown, who oversees neighbourhoods for Chorley Council, said: “Credit where credit is due, we contacted them and asked them to clear up the site and make it secure and they have.

“This is a good example of how we are working to make things happen in Chorley.

“The site had also suffered from fly-tipping and we had concerns that because it wasn’t secure, children would go on during the school holidays and could get injured.

“But now they have cleared the land of rubbish and installed a much more secure fence to stop people going on the site.”

Persimmon Homes said there were no immediate plans to develop the site, but Chorley Council said it would work with the housebuilder.

Mark Cook, managing director of Persimmon Homes Lancashire, said: “When we were alerted to issues at Moor Road we instructed a team to clean up the area and restore the fencing which secures the site.

“We take our responsibilities as a landowner and neighbour very seriously and would ask anyone who spots anti-social behaviour to report it to the authorities so it can be dealt with promptly and effectively.

“As a company, we also undertake a programme of school liaison visits to educate young people on the dangers of construction sites, to discourage children from entering or playing in such places. There are no immediate plans to build on this plot. However, concerns about a Persimmon-owned site can be addressed to us.”