Labour groups 100 days in power

Photo: David Hurst'Chorley Council Leader Alistair Bradley
Photo: David Hurst'Chorley Council Leader Alistair Bradley

ATTRACTING new investment to the borough, supporting local businesses and improving services that matter most to local people are the key priorities being tackled by Chorley Council in the first 100 days of the new administration.

Since being elected in May, the emphasis on getting things done for local people, according to the counci’s leader.

Twenty new apprentices are being supported, new schemes to revitalise the town centre have been drawn up, and high profile campaigns are under way to tackle grot spots and dog fouling.

Council leader Alistair Bradley said: “Chorley is a fantastic place to be, but we wanted to do a lot more, and be a lot more ambitious for the borough.

“By changing the way we do things, and acting on what local people are saying to us, we can make a real difference, getting people into work and contributing to their own community.

“The first 100 days have been a lot of hard work, but we’re starting to see things happening, and I hope local people will, too.”

The desire to improve and get things done is behind the council’s new Making it Happen in Chorley campaign.

Coun Bradley said it will be used out in the community, so people can see what the council is doing in their neighbourhood, and he hopes it will encourage people to suggest what more can be done to make Chorley a better place to be.

He added: “One of the key priorities has been around economic development, which includes attracting new investment, helping to start new businesses and looking at how we can get more people spending their money in Chorley. “

“We’ve made a lot of progress on this, looking at re-opening Market Street, reviewing parking charges, as well as reviewing the overall plan for economic development.

“We have also created a full-time post that will offer support to people wanting to start up, or expand a business.

“We also want to improve the environment, so we’re focusing resources and effort in cleaning up litter, and ensuring that people take responsibility for their dogs by not letting them foul our streets and parks.

“Now we’ve started to put all these changes in place, people will start to see things happening.

“As always, I’m keen to hear how the council can improve, so if you’ve got any suggestions of how we can do things better, don’t hesitate to get in touch with me directly.”

And now the list of priorities has been extended. The council says it will be focusing on:

- Reviewing neighbourhood working – to improve the way in which services are delivered in different areas, so it is easier for residents to improve their local area and communities with help from councillors and the council. This will give people more influence over what happens in their local area.

- A new economic development strategy. This will set the direction for the borough in the coming years to encourage inward investment, job creation and reinvigorate the town centre.

- Making the council and councillors more accessible to residents, so they know who to contact to get their views heard. This will include the use of social media to give people a wider variety of ways for people to get in touch.

- Developing a plan for making better use of Astley Park and the Hall, so that it becomes better used.