Lands swap deal gets the thumbs up all round

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The move to ‘swap’ a building in Chorley town centre for Chorley FC’s ground has been welcomed.

As we revealed last week, Chorley Council bosses and Trevor Hemmings’ Chorley-based property group Northern Trust have held talks over the plans, which the council says would allow it to press ahead with its major revamp of the town centre.

The deal would see the council ‘swapping’ a piece of land it owns on Southport Road designated for housing for the Oak House site opposite the town hall, currently owned by Northern Trust.

Chorley FC media manager Josh Vosper said: “I’m sure there’s still plenty more to discuss but it’s definitely a step in the right direction for everybody concerned.

“In the past we’ve been granted a year-by-year lease for use of the ground by our landlords.

“That we have not had access to grants which are available to develop our ground - which is nearly 100 years old.

“That is imperative as there’s so much more we need to improve off the field.

“As a fan I’d like to give my sincere thanks to Northern Trust and Chorley Borough Council for working together, for the good of Chorley Football Club.”

Malcolm Allen, chairman of the Chorley Traders’ Alliance, said: “Yes, we’re all in favour of it.

“If it cleans up the area and we have a green space, if it’s a mixture of reatail and offices, we’re in favour.

“The development at Astley Park is not a problem because it was in the plan in the park to put some car parking down there.

“A 100-space car park would help serve the park in the long term.

“Lancashire County County is looking to sell woodland off so that’s a potential big site.”