Changes taking place in Chorley town centre We've agreed a £16m package of investment in the town centre that will see a huge amount of work taking place to attract more visitors. The highlights of the scheme include an extension to Market Walk shopping centre, which will bring a six-screen cinema, an M&S Foodhall with click and collect, high street retailers and restaurants to the town and a programme to improve the appearance of the rest of the town centre streets making it more pedestrian-friendly and a great place to enjoy your leisure time.
This work coincides with two other major projects – to create a new youth zone for Chorley, which is now open and proving really popular, and to build the Primrose Gardens retirement village on Fleet Street, which is due to open in spring 2019.
Timeline of activity
We have now started the main construction of the Market Walk shopping centre and wanted to update you on what will be happening when over the coming weeks. The key dates are:
* Construction of the Market Walk extension started on 8 October – this will see the whole construction site fenced off on the Flat Iron
* The new crossing over the by-pass is now completed - it means people can cross the dual carriageway in one go rather than having to wait in the middle
* Friday Street car park is now fully open providing 316 new spaces with three hours free parking
* Free wifi to be installed across the town centre - the first phase is live covering the bus station, Market Walk, Chorley Markets, Cleveland Street and Market Street north of Chapel Street - look for 'Check Out Chorley' on your wifi settings.
* The Christmas lights switch on was a great success with thousands of people turning out
* The Christmas attraction, which will be the return of the real ice rink on the Cleveland Street car park and event space, * The Christmas attraction, which will be the return of the real ice rink on the Cleveland Street car park and event space, is now open until 6 January.
* The piling is now complete, we are sorting the foundations at the moment and work will start on the steelwork in January.
To help free up parking spaces on Tuesdays in the run up to Christmas all council staff are moving off the public car parks each week meaning there will be around 300 additional spaces available on a Tuesday (our busiest market day) over what was available before work started on the Flat Iron.